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   Tuvalu

Introduction:
In 1974, ethnic differences within the British colony of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands caused the Polynesians of the Ellice Islands to vote for separation from the Micronesians of the Gilbert Islands. The following year, the Ellice Islands became the separate British colony of Tuvalu. Independence was granted in 1978. In 2000, Tuvalu negotiated a contract leasing its Internet domain name '.tv' for $50 million in royalties over a 12-year period.


Official name: Tuvalu
Capital: name: Funafuti
geographic coordinates: 8 30 S, 179 12 E
time difference: UTC+12 (17 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
note: administrative offices are located in Vaiaku Village on Fongafale Islet
Government type: constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy
Population: 11,992 (July 2007 est.)
Languages: Tuvaluan, English, Samoan, Kiribati (on the island of Nui)
Official Currency: TVD
Currency code: TVD
Area: total: 26 sq km
land: 26 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Climate: tropical; moderated by easterly trade winds (March to November); westerly gales and heavy rain (November to March)


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