Constitutional Monarchy of Tuvalu
Fakavae Aliki-Malo i Tuvalu
Political Status: Former British dependency; independent with “special membership” in the Commonwealth since October 1, 1978.
Land Area: 10 sq. mi. (26 sq. km).
Resident Population: 11,000 (2018E—UN); 11,147 (2018E—U.S. Census).
Major Urban Center (2014E)—UN: VAIAKU (Funafuti, 6,000).
Official Language: English (Tuvaluan is widely spoken).
Monetary Unit: Australian dollar (market rate October 19, 2018: 1.40 dollar = $1US). The Tuvaluan dollar, introduced in 1977, is used largely for numismatic purposes (market rate November 1, 2013: 1.06 dollar = $1US).
Sovereign: Queen ELIZABETH II.
Governor General: Iakopa ITALELI; sworn in on April 15, 2009, to succeed Rev. Filoimea TELITO.
Prime Minister: Enele SOPOAGA; elected by Parliament on August 4, 2013, succeeding Willy TELAVI, following a vote of no confidence on August 2; reelected on April 9, 2015, following ...