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Wallis & Futuna (Collectivity of the Wallis and Futuna Islands)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

Wallis & Futuna
Collectivity of the Wallis and Futuna Islands
StatusDependency (Overseas Collectivity)
SovereigntyFrance
CapitalMata'utu
Land Area
LocationAustralasia, Polynesia
GroupingsSmall Islands
Population
GNI
ISO3166-1 CodesWF, WLF, 8761
Internet Domain.wf2
CurrencyFranc (XPF)3
Telephone+6814

1. Overview

The Futuna island group was discovered by the Dutch in 1616 and Wallis by the British in 1767, but it was the French who declared a protectorate over the islands in 1842, and took official control of them between 1886 and 1888. Notably, Wallis and Futuna was the only French colony to side with the Vichy regime during World War II, a phase that ended in May of 1942 with the arrival of 2,000 American troops. In 1959, the inhabitants of the islands voted to become a French overseas territory and officially assumed this status in July 1961.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)5

As a territory of France I do not have many specific statistics for this territory in its own right.

2. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below6:

Christian97.4%
Muslim0.1%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion1.2%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated0.6%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states simply: Roman Catholic 99%, other 1%7.

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There isn't much information in the database for Wallis & Futuna, most likely because it is either a part of another country (i.e., a territory or posession) and therefore most international statistics are counted for the country as a whole, or, this is such an exotic place that little data exists about it.