Updated: Sep 13, 2022
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Tuvalu, formerly known as the Ellice Islands
It is a small country in Polynesia, located in the Pacific Ocean, situated in Oceania, and about midway between Hawaii and Australia. The island country lies east-northeast of the Santa Cruz Islands -which belongs to the Solomon Islands, southeast of Nauru, south of Kiribati, west of Tokelau, northwest of Samoa and Wallis and Futuna, and north of Fiji.
Reason for Naming the country
The country was renamed Tuvalu, an old name meaning 'eight standing together' (Tuvalu has nine islands or island groups, but one has very little land above sea level).