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In 1974, ethnic differences within the British colony of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands caused the Polynesians of the Ellice Islands to vote for separation from the Micronesians of the Gilbert Islands. The following year, the Ellice Islands became the separate British colony of Tuvalu. Independence was granted in 1978. In 2000, Tuvalu negotiated a contract leasing its Internet domain name ".tv" for $50 million in royalties over a 12-year period.

Languages & Population

Approximate Population: 11,992 (July 2007 est.)

Nationality (Noun): Tuvaluan(s)

Nationality (Adjective): Tuvaluan

Official Language(s): Tuvaluan

Major Languages Spoken: English, Samoan, Tuvaluan

Map of Tuvalu

Country Facts

Country Name (long form): none

Country Name (short form): Tuvalu

Country Name (local long form): none

Country Name (local short form): Tuvalu

Name of Capital: Funafuti

UTC Time Difference (from capital): UTC+12 (17 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Countries Near by, and Bordering Tuvalu: Tokelau, Wallis and Futuna Islands

Land Area: 26 sq km

Comparative Area: 0.1 times the size of Washington, DC

Coastline: 24 km

National Holiday: Independence Day, 1 October (1978)

International Phone Code: 688

Currency Code: Australian dollar (AUD)

Internet Country Code: .tv

US Embassy Location: none

US Embassy Mailing Address: none


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