(Formerly:  NEW HEBRIDES)

(WIPO code: VU) (latest review March 2021)

by PHILLIPS ORMONDE FITZPATRICK Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys, Melbourne, Australia

General Information

Area

12,189 sq. km.

Population

298,333 (estimated July 2020).

Capital

Port-Vila.

Languages

English (official), French (official), Bislama (official) (a pidgin dialect) and more than 100 local languages.

Currency

Vatu (VUV); 1 U.S. dollar = 108.053 VUV (January 2021).

General Remarks

This small Pacific archipelago, formerly known as the New Hebrides and ruled since 1906 as a joint British-French Condominium, gained its independence on July 30, 1980. Since 2002, the government has made efforts to boost tourism. Vanuatu's economic development has been hindered by low exports, natural disasters and remoteness. Vanuatu experiences significant volcanic activity and is subject to tropical cyclones, minor earthquakes and tsunamis.