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Updated: Sep 10, 2022

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Country Name

Vanuatu is officially the Republic of Vanuatu.


It is a Pacific island country located in the South Pacific Ocean. The archipelago, which is of volcanic origin, is 1,750 kilometers (1,090 mi) east of northern Australia, 540 kilometers (340 mi) northeast of New Caledonia,

east of Papua New Guinea, southeast of the Solomon Islands, and west of Fiji.


Port Vila.

Reason for Naming the country

Vanuatu's name derives from the word Vanua "land" or "home", which occurs in several Austronesian languages, and the word tu means "stand". Together the two words indicated the independent status of the new country.


The Vanuatu flag was adopted on February 13, 1980.

Vanuatu gained independence from France and Britain on July 30, 1980.

After the Vanuaaku Party led the country to independence the party's colors were adopted as the basis for the national flag.

The flag of Vanuatu is divided into three sections. There is a red horizontal stripe over top of a green one, and on the left side of the flag, there is a yellow Y that runs through the middle of the flag. The Y is outlined in black with a black triangle filling in the Y.

Inside the triangle, there is an emblem of a boar's tusk with two fern leaves inside it.