20 interesting facts about Tuvalu

Facts about Tuvalu

The Polynesian state of Tuvalu, once known as the “Ellice Islands”, was a former colony that once formed a single administrative entity with the Islands of Kiribati. It got its current name after separation from them.

Top facts about Tuvalu

  1. The small island state of Tuvalu has established diplomatic relations with USA, Russia, Australia and only few other countries.
  2. There aren’t any railways here.
  3. Total length of paved roads in Tuvalu is 8 kilometers only.
  4. Sale of Tuvalu domain names (.tv) brings a significant contribution to the local treasury.
  5. Tuvalu is located on nine small atolls.
  6. The highest point of the country is located at an altitude of 5 meters above sea level only.
  7. Tuvalu is the third most populous country since the end (about 12 thousand people). Only Nauru an Vatican has smaller population (top facts about Nauru).
  8. Only about one hundred foreigners live in Tuvalu.
  9. There is one airport here but the air traffic there is irregular, planes fly to the islands of Fiji only.
  10. The soil of Tuvalu is subject to coastal erosion, besides the country is threatened by flooding.
  11. Tuvalu has one primary school and one high school.
  12. There aren’t any political parties in Tuvalu.
  13. Officially the head of Tuvalu is the reigning monarch of Great Britain.
  14. State economy here is based on fishing.
  15. Tuvalu officially gained independence from the UK in 1978.
  16. The area of the whole country is only 26 square kilometers.
  17. Climate in Tuvalu is very equable, the average temperature hovers around 28-30 degree all year long. Amazing! 🙂
  18. Once a powerful hurricane knocked down more than 90% of all trees on Tuvalu.
  19. There are no rivers here. Locals get fresh water collecting it during the rain into special tanks.
  20. People in Tuvalu bury the dead in the yard, right near the house.