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Uvea (Wallis), Wallis and Futuna. Author NASA. No Copyright
Uvea (Wallis), Wallis and Futuna. Author NASA

Wallis and Futuna: islands with an authentic Polynesian folklore

The islands of Wallis and Futuna (Wallis-et-Futuna; Uvea mo Futuna) is a French overseas collectivity of the Pacific Ocean located south west of the Samoa Islands and north-east of Fiji. The territory consists of two groups of volcanic islands (Wallis and Horne) about 200 km distant from each other, the group consists of the island of Wallis or Uvea (96 sq km) and some islets in the lagoon, while the group of Horne is formed by the islands of Futuna (83 sq km), and Alofi (32 sq km).

The capital of the territory, Mata Utu, is located on the island of Wallis, the island is formed by low hills, the highest peak is Mount Lulu Fakahega (151 meters), the island is surrounded by a coral reef with many motu (sandy islets).

Futuna Island is mostly mountainous, and in its center stands Mount Puke, that with a height of 524 meters is the highest peak in the entire territory. The island of Alofi also of volcanic origin reaches the maximum height of the Mont Kolafau (412 meters).

Wallis and Futuna Map

Wallis and Futuna Map

The local economy is based on fishing and agriculture (bananas, coconuts). The main export products are copra and textiles. Remittances from immigrants who mostly work in New Caledonia are the most important source of foreign currency in the territory.

Both the island of Wallis and Futuna have an airport: the Hihifo Airport on the island of Wallis and Pointe Vele Airport on the island of Futuna. The islands are connected among them by air flights of Aircalin. Only the airport island of Wallis (Hihifo Airport) also has connections – always operated by Aircalin – with New Caledonia and Fiji.

  • Area: 274 sqkm.
  • Population: 16,300 (2007 datas) (Polinesians).
  • State Capital: Mata Utu (Wallis).
  • Languages: French, Wallisian e Futunian.
  • Religion: Christian: Catholic 99%.
  • Currency: CFP Franc (XPF).
  • Time: UTC +12 hours.

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