Place:Wallis and Futuna

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NameWallis and Futuna
Alt namesTerritoire des îles Wallis et Futunasource: Wikipedia
Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islandssource: Cambridge World Gazetteer (1990) p 701
Territory of Wallis and Futuna Islandssource: Wikipedia
Wallis and Futuna Islandssource: Times Atlas of World History (1993) p 359; Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) p 1315
Wallis e Futunasource: Rand McNally Atlas (1989) p 344
Wallis et Futunasource: Wikipedia
Wallis und Futunasource: Rand McNally Atlas (1989) p 344
Wallis y Futunasource: Rand McNally Atlas (1989) p 344
TypeDependent state
Coordinates13.3°S 176.2°W
Contained Places
Dependency
Horn ( 1887 - )
Inhabited place
Matu-Utu
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Wallis and Futuna, officially the Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands ( or , Fakauvea and Fakafutuna: ), is a French island collectivity in the South Pacific between Tuvalu to the northwest, Rotuma of Fiji to the west, the main part of Fiji to the southwest, Tonga to the southeast, Samoa to the east, the New Zealand-associated state of Tokelau to the northeast and to a more distant north the Phoenix Islands (Kiribati). Wallis and Futuna is not part of French Polynesia, nor even contiguous with it, as the former are located at the very opposite western end of Polynesia.

Its land area is with a population of about 15,000. Mata-Utu is the capital and biggest city. The territory is made up of three main volcanic tropical islands along with a number of tiny islets, and is split into two island groups that lie about apart, namely Wallis Islands (Uvea) in the northeast, and Hoorn Islands (also called the Futuna Islands) in the southwest, including Futuna Island proper and the mostly uninhabited Alofi Island.

Since 2003 Wallis and Futuna has been a French overseas collectivity (collectivité d'outre-mer, or COM). Between 1961 and 2003, it had the status of a French overseas territory (territoire d'outre-mer, or TOM), though its official name did not change when the status changed.

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