The map is from Lonely Planet guide and shows the island kingdom.
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Other islands of the Pacific have suffered.
Vanuatu is a republic with about two and a half hundred thousand people. A small population.
Languages are Bislama and French. 40% are educated in French language schools and 60% study in English language instiutions.
In the past the Anglo-French Condominium of the New Hebrides operated there.
Independence came in 1980 amid years of unrest. Father Walther Lini was a figure there.
The famous Land Diving or bungee jumping is from the island of Pentecost.
New Caledonia/Noumea with the French connection is an island neighbour which is not usually heard about in our media.