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Tokelau



Map Page 1125 Area 3.86 square mi (10 square km) Population 1,418 (2004) Capital none Highest Point 16 ft (5 m) Lowest Point 0 m GDP per capita $1,000 (estimate 1993) Primary Natural Resources copra, fisheries, craft goods.
A COUNTRY LOCATED in the South PACIFIC OCEAN halfway between HAWAII and NEW ZEALAND, Tokelau covers a huge area of ocean but only a tiny area of land.
The total land area of the three atolls, Atafu, Nukunonu, and Fakaofo, is just 3.86 square mi (12 square km), with the largest atoll, Nukumonu, 1.81 square mi (4.7 square km) in size.
The atolls are essentially each a reef-bound islet surrounding a lagoon.
While the climate in the atolls is fairly constant and averages 82 degrees F (28 degrees C), the islands are often threatened by cyclones.
The atolls are also under threat from rising sea levels.
The islands have been inhabited for approximately 1,000 years; the first Europeans visited in 1765.
Catholic Samoans settled for a short while on the islands to convert the population to Western religions.
In the mid-1800s, the population suffered greatly when Peruvian slave traders captured around 250 people and missionaries removed another 500.
The islands were annexed by Britain in 1889 and the administration was handed over to New Zealand in 1925, where control has remained since.
The population of Tokelau is just under 1,500 and almost exclusively Polynesian.
The languages spoken are Tokelauan and English.
Traditional Polynesian culture systems still exist and land is controlled by chiefs and is passed down from generation to generation.
Daily operations are organized by village leaders and family representatives, and traditional male and female work and family roles have been maintained.
The only major influence that Western culture has had on the society is through religion, with almost 100 percent of the nation practicing either Roman Catholicism or Congregationalism.
There are no guns on any of the islands, and alcohol is extremely limited.
Although each of the atolls has its own administrative center, the nation is ruled externally by New Zealand, which appoints an administrator to head the Office for Tokelau Affairs, based in New Zealand.
The citizens are classed as citizens of New Zealand, and therefore have the right to migrate whenever they wish.
In the 1970s, population growth was threatening the survival of the nation, and New Zealand began to offer incentives for people to migrate to New Zealand, and this has resulted in a community of around 3,000 Tokelauans now living in New Zealand.
New Zealand also provides defense services for the country.
New Zealand contributes about 80 percent of the budget to support public administration, as well as community and infrastructure development and maintenance.
The public service economic sector is the main employer in the country, all administered from New Zealand.
Unlike many other South Pacific countries, tourism in Tokelau is little developed.
Travel to the islands is difficult, as there is no airport and the anchorages can be quite unsafe.
One ocean vessel does travel monthly from Samoa, but needs to dock at sea and visitors have to be transported to the islands by small boat.

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Last News

- Croatia launches a three-minute flight
"Split has become a city with one the shortest flights in the world. A three minute flights links the city air phase with the city centre.
The airline company that has launched the flight is developing the flights between the islands and the mainland of the country. Today the airplane flies to Lastovo, Rab, Korcula, Hvar and Lošinj Islands.
The price for a three minute flight is 149 kuna. The shortest flight is considered to be the one between the Scottish islands, Papa Westray and Westray, which lasts only 2 minutes. "

- The ticket price at Disneyland will depend on how big the queue is
"The Disney Company has reported that the way to define the ticket price will be changed soon: the price will depend upon the queue size.
The new pricing policy is to be implemented in order to screen the number of visitors. It is noted that most amusement park lovers visit Disneyland on weekends. Therefore, the ticket price on Saturday and Sunday will be much higher.
Besides this, the price for the annual membership will also mount up. So, now the amusement park annual pass will cost you about 920 euro. "