New Caledonia

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  • Area: 18,575 sq. km (7,172 sq. mi.)
  • Population: 275,355 (2016 est.)
  • Population growth rate: 1.35% (2016 est.)
  • Life expectancy: 77.7 years (2016)
  • Languages: French (official), 33 Melanesian-Polynesian dialects
  • Religions: Roman Catholic 60%, Protestant 30%, other 10%
  • Formal name: Territory of New Caledonia and Dependencies
  • Alternate names: Nouvelle-Calédonie, Territoire des Nouvelle-Calédonie et Dépendances, Territory of New Caledonia and Dependencies
  • Government type: parliamentary democracy; an overseas collectivity of France
  • Leaders: chief of state: President Francois HOLLANDE; head of government: President of the Government Philippe GERMAINE
  • Capital: Nouméa
  • Administrative divisions: 3 provinces
  • GDP per capita (PPP): $38,800 (2012 est.)
  • Exports: ferronickels, nickel ore, fish
  • Imports: machinery and equipment, fuels, chemicals, foodstuffs
  • Currency: Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique franc (XPF)

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