THE PACIFIC ISLANDS

The Pacific Islands are unique in several aspects. The Pacific Ocean is the largest water mass, dotted with small islands, making the region a sparsely populated area with great distances to cover between them. The relative isolation of the islands poses its own unique challenges. This website will provide you with information about the schools in the region and offer some other links as well.

Regional Links

American Samoa

Area in sq.km.: 199
Literacy: 97%
Population: 61,000
Life Expectancy: 73 years
Gross Domestic Product: $2,600
Foreign Debt: $20 million
Convert Currency:: 1 (US $)
Founded: 1900
Capital: Faga Togo on Pago Pago
Major Languages: Samoan, English [2]


Cook Islands

Area in sq.km.: 240
Literacy: 97%
Population: 19,800
Life Expectancy: 71 years
Gross Domestic Product: $3,000
Foreign Debt: $160 million
Covert Currency : 1.9 (NZ $)
Founded: 1965
Capital: Avarua on Rarotonga
Major Languages: English [1]


Fiji

Area in sq.km.: 18,270
Literacy: 92%
Population: 795,000
Life Expectancy: 66 years
Gross Domestic Product: $6,200
Foreign Debt: $333.8 million
Covert Currency: 2 (Dollar)
Founded: 1970
Capital: Suva
Major Languages: English, Fijian, Hindustani [3]



French Polynesia

Area in sq.km.: 4,167
Literacy: 98%
Population: 233,000
Life Expectancy: 72 years
Gross Domestic Product: $8,000
Foreign Debt: $740 million (66 milliard Fancs)
Covert Currency: 100 (CFP Franc)
Founded: Under French Colonial Rule
Capital: Papeete
Major Languages: French, Tahitian

  • University of French Polynesia

    Guam
  • Area in sq.km.: >541.3
    Literacy: 99%
    Population: 160,000
    Life Expectancy:74 years
    Gross Domestic Product: $19,000
    Foreign Debt: Not Available
    Convert Currency:: 1 (US $)
    Founded: Under US rule
    Capital: Agana
    Major Languages: English, Chamorro, Japanese [3]


    Hawaii

    Area in sq.km.:
    Literacy: 98%
    Population:
    Life Expectancy:
    Gross Domestic Product:
    Foreign Debt: NA
    Convert Currency:: 1 US$
    Founded: Integrated into the USA
    Capital: Honolulu
    Major Languages: English, Hawaiian, Pidgin


    Kiribati

    Area in sq.km.: 730
    Literacy: NA
    Population: 84,000
    Life Expectancy: 62 years
    Gross Domestic Product: $800
    Foreign Debt: $2 million
    Convert Currency:: 1.6 (AUS $)
    Founded: 1979
    Capital: Bairiki on Tarawa
    Major Languages: Kiribati (Gilbertese), English [2]


    Micronesia

    Area in sq.km.: 700
    Literacy: 89%
    Population: 102,000
    Life Expectancy: 68 years
    Gross Domestic Product: $1,700
    Foreign Debt: $129 million
    Convert Currency:: 1 (US $)
    Founded: 1986
    Capital: Palikir
    Major Languages: English, Trukese, Pohnpeian, Yapese, Korean [5]


    Marshall Islands

    Area in sq.km.: 180
    Literacy: 93%
    Population: 61,000
    Life Expectancy: 64 years
    Gross Domestic Product: $1,680
    Foreign Debt: $170 million
    Convert Currency:: 1 (US $)
    Founded: 1986
    Capital: Majuro
    Major Languages: Marshallese, English [3]


    Nauru

    Area in sq.km.: 21
    Literacy: NA
    Population: 10,500
    Life Expectancy: 56 years
    Gross Domestic Product: $10,000
    Foreign Debt: $33.3 million
    Convert Currency:: 1.6 (AUS $)
    Founded: 1968
    Capital: Yaren
    Major Languages: Nauruan, English [2]


    New Caledonia

    Area in sq.km.: 191,000
    Literacy: 85%
    Population: 185,000
    Life Expectancy: 75 years
    Gross Domestic Product: $8,000
    Foreign Debt: NA
    Convert Currency:: 100 (CFP Franc)
    Founded: Under French Colonial Rule
    Capital: Noumea
    Major Languages: French, Wallisian, Melanesian



    Niue

    Area in sq.km.: 259
    Literacy: 95%
    Population: 2,100
    Life Expectancy: 74 years
    Gross Domestic Product: $1,200
    Foreign Debt: $0
    Convert Currency:: 1.9 (NZ $)
    Founded: 1974
    Capital: Alofi
    Major Languages: Niuean, English

  • Niue Tourism Website
  • The University of the South Pacific - University Centres
  • Lord Liverpool University

     

    Northern Marianas

    Area in sq.km.: 477
    Literacy: 96%
    Population: 53,000
    Life Expectancy: NA
    Gross Domestic Product: $10,500
    Foreign Debt: NA
    Convert Currency:: 1 (US $)
    Founded: Under US Rule
    Capital: Saipan
    Major Languages: English, Chamorro, Carolinian [3]


    Palau

    Area in sq.km.: 1,594
    Literacy: 92%
    Population: 17,000
    Life Expectancy: 71 years
    Gross Domestic Product: $5,000
    Foreign Debt: $100 million
    Convert Currency:: 1 (US $)
    Founded: 1994
    Capital: Koror
    Major Languages: Palauan, English, Japanese, Tobi, Angaur, Sonsorolese [6]


    Papua New Guinea

    Area in sq.km.: 462,840
    Literacy: 38%
    Population: 4,500,000
    Life Expectancy: 57 years
    Gross Domestic Product: $2,800
    Foreign Debt: $3.3 billion
    Convert Currency:: 2.1 (Kina)
    Founded: 1975
    Capital: Port Moresby
    Major Languages: English, about 869 other languages


    Samoa

    Area in sq.km.: 2,8402,840
    Literacy: 97%
    Population: 220,000
    Life Expectancy: 69 years
    Gross Domestic Product: $4,500
    Foreign Debt: $179 million
    Convert Currency:: 3 (Tala)
    Founded: 1962
    Capital: Apia
    Major Langauges: Samoan, English [2]


    Solomon Islands

    Area in sq.km.: 28,900
    Literacy: 24
    Population: 420,000
    Life Expectancy: 71 years
    Gross Domestic Product: $2,200
    Foreign Debt: $1 million
    Convert Currency:: 4.7 (Dollar)
    Founded: 1978
    Capital: Honiara
    Major Languages: English, many local languages [121]


    Tokelau

    Area in sq.km.: 10
    Literacy: NA
    Population: 1,703 (www.uq.oz.au/jrn/coco/tok.html)
    Life Expectancy: NA
    Gross Domestic Product: $1,000
    Foreign Debt: $0
    Convert Currency:: 1.9 (NZ $)
    Founded: New Zealand dependency
    Capital: no central administration
    Major Languages: Tokelauan, English [2]


    Tonga

    Area in sq.km.: 750
    Literacy: 99%
    Population: 107,000
    Life Expectancy: 69 years
    Gross Domestic Product: $2,140
    Foreign Debt: $49 million
    Convert Currency:: 1.5 (Pa'anga)
    Founded: 1970
    Capital: Nuku'alofa
    Major Languages: English, Tongan [2]


    Tuvalu

    Area in sq.km.: 30
    Literacy: 97%
    Population: 13,000
    Life Expectancy: 63 years
    Gross Domestic Product: $800
    Foreign Debt: NA
    Convert Currency:: 1.6 (AUS $)
    Founded: 1978
    Capital: Funafuti OR Fongafale
    Major Languages: Tuvaluan, English [2]


    Vanuatu

    Area in sq.km.: 12,190
    Literacy: 53%
    Population: 182,000
    Life Expectancy: 65 years
    Gross Domestic Product: $2,100
    Foreign Debt: $39 million
    Convert Currency:: 131 (Vatu)
    Founded: 1980
    Capital: Port-Vila
    Major Languages: Bislama, English, French [3]


    Other:

    Wallis et Futuna (Under French Control)


    Pitcairn Island (Under British Control)



    Norfolk Island (Under Australian Rule)