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New Caledonia | Territoire des Nouvelle-Calédonie et Dependances

Country Profile

New Caledonia Flag
Flag of New Caledonia is the French flag

New Caledonia is an island group located in the South Pacific east of Australia. The French overseas territory comprises of the 400 km long major island "Grande Terre" divided in a Northern and a Southern province, the archipelago of Belep in northwest, the île des Pins in southeast and the Loyalty islands Ouvéa, Lifou, Tiga and Maré located northeast of the main island.

geograhically relative close to: Australia, Vanuatu, Fiji and New Zealand

related countries: France
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Official Name:
Territoire des Nouvelle-Calédonie et Dependances
short form: Nouvelle-Calédonie
int'l long form: Territory of New Caledonia and Dependencies
int'l short form: New Caledonia

ISO Country Code: nc

Local Time = UTC +11h
Actual Time: Fri-June-14  18:45

Country Calling Code: +687

Capital City: Nouméa

Overseas territory of France since 1956.

Location: Oceania, an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Australia.
Area: 18,575 kmĀ² (7,171 sq. mi.)
Terrain: coastal plains with interior mountains.

Climate: Moderate, tropical oceanic, hot and humid; modified by southeast trade winds.

Nationality: New Caledonian(s);
Population: 256,000 (2012 estimate)
Ethnic Groups: Melanesian 42.5%, European 37.1%, Wallisian 8.4%, Polynesian 3.8%, Indonesian 3.6%, Vietnamese 1.6%, other 3%.
Religions: Roman Catholic 60%, Protestant 30%, other 10%.
Languages: French (official), more than 30 Melanesian-Polynesian dialects.
Literacy: 91%

Natural resources: Nickel, chrome, iron, cobalt, manganese, silver, gold, lead, copper.

Agriculture - products: Vegetables; beef, deer, other livestock products.

Exports partners:
Japan 17.2%, France 16.2%, South Korea 12.2%, China 9.6%, Australia 8.3%, Belgium 4.9% (2012)

Imports partners:
France 33.4%, Singapore 22.4%, Australia 11.7%, New Zealand 5% (2012)

Currency: (CFP franc; iso code: XPF), Euro (EUR)

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Official Sites of New Caledonia

Gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Calédonie
Official site of New Caledonia's government (in French).

Province Nord
Official site of the Northern province of Grande Terre.
Province Sud
Official site of the Southern Province of Grande Terre.

Haut-Commissariat de la Republique - Nouvelle-Caldonie
Site of the High commissioner of the Republic - New Caledonia (in French).

Diplomatic Missions
Directory of French representations abroad (in French)
List of French diplomatic missions around the world.
Foreign Embassies and Consulates in France
Address list of Diplomatic Missions accredited in France.

Institut de la statistique et des études économiques
New Caledonia institute for statistics and economy (in French).

Météo France - Nouvelle-Calédonie
New Caledonia weather (in French).


Map of New Caledonia
Political Map of New Caledonia
Google Earth Google Earth New Caledonia
Searchable map and satellite view of New Caledonia.
Google Earth Google Earth Nouméa
Searchable map and satellite view of New Caledonia's capital.

Map of Melanesia
Map of the Island States of Melanesia.
profile Map of Oceania and the Pacific Islands
Reference Map of Oceania and the Pacific Islands.


Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes
Regional news (in French).
New Caledonia News's New Caledonia News continually updated from thousands of sources around the net.
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Arts & Culture

Bibliothèque Bernheim
Library and culture center with information on cultural events (in French).
The Tjibaou cultural center
L'Agence de Développement de la Culture Kanak (ADCK) promotes and preserves the Kanak (from kanaka, the Hawaiian word for "human") culture.
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Business & Economy

New Caledonia Economic Development Agency - ADECAL
ADECAL's mission is to promote New Caledonia economic potential.
Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Nouvelle-Calédonie
Chamber of Commerce and Industry New Caledonia.

Air Calin
Air Calédonie International.
Air Calédonie Serves domestic destinations in New-Caledonia.

Destination New Caledonia - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover New Caledonia: Loyalty Islands, Isle of Pines

GIE Tourisme Province Nord
Discover New Caledonia and its Northern Province.
New Caledonia Tourism South
Tourism guide on accommodation, leisure activities and transportation in New Caledonia.
Destination Iles Loyauté
Travel and tourism guide to the Loyalty Islands Lifou, Mare and Ouvea.
Ile des Pins
Visitors guide to the Isle of Pines, known as Kunie to its Melanesian inhabitants.
Kaori a New Caledonian directory and portal site.
New Caledonia Tourism
Explore the biggest lagoon in the world.

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.

New Caledonia travel, South Pacific islands
South Pacific Organizer author David Stanley's New Caledonia destination guide.
Jane's New Caledonia Home Page
Detailed information on the provinces of New Caledonia including the people, history and nature.
Photos de Nouvelle-Calédonie
A New Caledonia photo gallery.
Another New Caledonian portal site.

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.

Ville de Nouméa - the city of Noumea New Caledonias capital.

Travel advice
Travel advice for New Caledonia
Travel advice for New Caledonia by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information



Université de la Nouvelle-Calédonie
The University of New Caledonia.

Environment & Nature

CIRAD - Institut agronomique néo-calédonien
Scientific organization specializing agricultural research for the tropics and subtropics. English/Français.
Fauna & Flora - bio-diversity of New Caledonia (in French).
GéoRépertoire de Nouvelle Calédonie
In-depht geographical information of New Caledonia (in French).
SAGE, Gestion durable de la ressource en eau
Environmental project related to drinking water supply for the Loyalty islands (in French).
South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
The Pacific region's major intergovernmental organisation charged with protecting and managing the environment and natural resources.


La Nouvelle-Calédonie - Historique
History of New Caledonia (in French)
History of New Caledonia
Wikipedia entry about New Caledonia's history.

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