Vanuatu, formerly New Hebrides and officially Republic of Vanuatu, is located in the South Pacific and has an estimated population of 288,037 as of 2018. This entry provides a brief overview of Vanuatu’s media and communications landscape.


This Pacific Island nation, which is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, is an archipelago made up of 83 islands, 65 of which are inhabited. The most significant islands of Vanuatu are Espíritu Santo (the largest), Malakula, Malo, Pentecost, Tanna, and Efate, where the capital Port Vila is located. In 2006, Vanuatu topped the Happy Planet Index based on consumption levels, life expectancy, and reported happiness.

The islands are prone to natural disasters, cyclones, and volcanic eruptions; these factors, along with vast distances between islands, affect the county’s economic ...

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