Vanuatu: Country and Foreign Investment
Vanuatu is a Y-shaped group of islands located in the South Pacific Ocean (the Coral Sea) about 1,800 km (1,100 miles) east of Australia. It is approximately 14,760 sq/km in land mass. The chain extends about 400 miles north to south between latitudes 13 and 21 degrees south and runs between longitudes 166 and 171 degrees east.
There are 12 main islands and approximately 65 smaller islands. The two main towns are Vila (Port Vila), the capital on Efate (population 20,000) and Luganville (also called Santo) on Espirito Santo (population 7,000). Other large islands: Malakula, Malo, Aoba, Maewo, Pentecote, Malakula, Ambrym, Epi, Erromango, Tanna, and Anatom. Efate is the island Captain Cook called Sandwich, after Lord Sandwich.
Time is Greenwich Mean Time plus 11 hours.
The islands are mountainous. Some islands, including Tanna, Lopevi and Ambrym, have active volcanoes.
The two main airports at Bauerfield, near Port Vila, and Pekoa on Espiritu Santo offer daily connections to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, the Solomon Islands and New Caledonia. A number of the islands also have airports for island to island service. Sea ferries also link the islands and there are shipping services to Australia, New Zealand, Europe and New Caledonia.
Telephone, fax, e-mail, telex, and post services from Vanuatu are good.