Niue

Interior of church building in Alofi, 1896.Photo by Thomas Andrew (1855-1939).

Niue (play /ˈnj/ NEW-ay; Niuean: Niuē) is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean, 2,400 kilometres (1,500 mi) northeast of New Zealand and within the triangle formed by Tonga (to the southwest), the Samoas (to the northwest) and the Cook Islands (to the southeast). Its land area is 260 square kilometres (100 sq mi) and its population, predominantly Polynesian, is around 1,400. They commonly refer to the island as "the Rock", a reference to the traditional moniker "Rock of Polynesia".[citation needed]

Though self-governing, Niue is in free association with New Zealand and thereby lacks full sovereignty. All Niueans are New Zealand citizens and Queen Elizabeth II is Niue's head of state in her capacity as Queen of New Zealand. Most diplomatic relations are conducted by New Zealand on Niue's behalf. 90-95% of Niuean people live in New Zealand, along with about 70% of the speakers of the Niuean language.

In 2003, Niue became the world's first "wi-fi nation", in which free wireless Internet access is provided throughout the country by The Internet Users Society-Niue.

Informations
Niue
Country
260 km²
Area
2,166 hab.
Population
Capital

Useful infos
NZD
Currency
+683
Calling code
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