Vanuatu

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Introduction

An island nation in the South Pacific, Vanuatu covers a volcanic archipelago. Originally part of a joint French and British administered set of islands, Vanuatu achieved independence during a short armed confrontation in 1980 and is now governed by a largely symbolic president and a prime minister who acts as head of government. Conditions in detention, treatment of women, including traditional practices like a bride price, and failure to provide adequate education services are the main concerns facing Vanuatu.


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Quick Facts

  • Population: 251,700 (UNDP, 2012)
  • Population under 18: 109,000 (UNICEF, 2011)
  • Internet users: 19,172 (8.5% of the population) (Internet World Stats, 2011)
  • Human Development Index: 124 (UNDP, 2012)
  • Happy Planet ranking: N/A