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A virtual travel guide to Tuvalu, the world's fourth smallest country. This page aims to give you an overview of Tuvaluan art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile, the page contains links to sources which provide you with all the information about this island nation like: official web sites, country guides with travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more.

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Tuvalu atoll
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Country Profile

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The Western Pacific nation of Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands consists of nine tiny coral atolls (26 sq km), home to about 12 000 people, its location is south of the equator and west of the dateline about midway between Hawaii and Australia. Tuvalu is one of the worlds smallest nations and unusual an independent state with the english monarch as head of state.

other Polynesian islands: American Samoa, Cook Islands, French Polynesia (Tahiti), Niue, Pitcairn, Samoa, Tonga

related countries: United Kingdom

where in the South Pacific is Tuvalu?

Official Name:
former: Ellice Islands

ISO Country Code: tv

Local Time = UTC +12h
Actual Time: Sat-Mar-7  09:35

Country Calling Code: +688

Capital: Funafuti

Type: Constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy.
Independence: 1 October 1978 (from U.K.).
Constitution: 1 October 1978.

Location: Oceania, island group consisting of nine coral atolls in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from Hawaii to Australia.
Area: 26 kmĀ²
Terrain: Very low lying and narrow coral atolls.

Climate: Tropical; moderated by easterly trade winds (March-November); westerly gales and heavy rain (November-March).

Nationality: Tuvaluan(s).
Population: 10,000 (UN estimate 2012)
Ethnic groups: Polynesians 96%, Micronesians 4%. Religion: Church of Tuvalu (Congregationalist) 97%; Seventh-day Adventist 1.4%, Baha'I 1%, other 0.6%.
Languages: Tuvaluan, English. Samoan, Kiribati (on the island of Nui) also spoken. Literacy: 55%.

Natural resources: Coconuts; fish.

Currency: Australian dollar (AUD); note - there is also a Tuvaluan dollar.

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Official Sites of Tuvalu

Consulate of Tuvalu in Switzerland

Tuvalu Official Statistics Information
Site of the Central Statistics Division.

Intergovernmental organisations
Pacific Islands Forum
Inter-governmental organization for the cooperation between the countries of the Pacific Ocean.
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
Intergovernmental organisation of the Pacific islands.

Tuvalu Islands Maps
Pacific, Tuvalu and individual Islands maps.
Map of Tuvalu
Political map of Tuvalu.

Google Earth Google Earth Tuvalu
Searchable map and satellite view of Tuvalu.
Google Earth Google Earth Funafuti
Searchable map and satellite view of Tuvalu's capital.

Map of Polynesia
Map of the countries in Polynesia, the island states in the eastern part of Oceania.
profile Map of Oceania and the Pacific Islands
Reference map of Australia/Oceania.

Island News
Tuvalu News Headlines
Tuvalu headline news reports.

The CocoNET Wireless
Australia based Pacific Islands News and Information.
Pacific Islands Report
Up-to-date news of all the islands of the South Pacific.


Arts & Culture

Te Vaka
Original, traditionally-influenced, contemporary Pacific music by this Tokelau/Tuvalu Band.

Polynesian Cultural Center
A portal to Polynesian culture.
Where is Tuvalu
Dada like Googlism page on Tuvalu.


Business & Economy
Tuvalu ISP is the sole provider of Internet access in Tuvalu. site provides also amessage board and news related to Tuvalu.


Island Guides

Tuvalu timeless
Tuvalu's official Tourism web site.

Jane's Tuvalu Home Page
Tuvalu 2000
Contemporary images of Tuvalu by Jane Resture.
Tuvalu - Eight is Nine
South Pacific Organizer author David Stanley's Tuvalu travel guide.
 Tuvalu Online
News, history, maps and pictures.

South Pacific
South Pacific Tourism Organisation
Inter-governmental body for the tourism sector in the South Pacific Islands, find information on: accommodation, activities, online bookings and news.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


University of the South Pacific
Premier institution of tertiary education in the Pacific region, jointly owned by the governments of twelve island countries, USP is an international centre of excellence for teaching, research and consulting on all aspects of Pacific life.
University of the South Pacific Libraries
The Main Library of the University of the South Pacific based at Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji.


Climate Change - Tuvalu
Global climate change may cause some small countries to disappear entirely. (article and links)
An environmental action started 1997.
South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
The Pacific region's major intergovernmental organisation charged with protecting and managing the environment and natural resources.


A Brief History of Tuvalu



Tuvalu Online
Links to internet web site that has relevance to Tuvalu.
Te Puna Web Directory
Tuvalu related index by the National Library of New Zealand.

Additional Information on Tuvalu

Background Notes: Tuvalu
Open Directory Project: Tuvalu
Wikipedia: Tuvalu
The World Factbook -- Tuvalu

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Declaration of Human Rights

Article I
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.