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Island group (pop., 2003: 4,873), west-central Pacific Ocean. Lying northeast of Fiji, the islands, Futuna and Alofi, form the southwestern part of the French overseas collectivity of Wallis and Futuna. Their combined land area is 36 sq mi (93 sq km). Futuna is the site of Mount Singavi, 2,493 ft (760 m) high. The islands became a French protectorate in 1888 and part of the overseas territory in 1961. The status of Wallis and Futuna was changed to that of an overseas collectivity in 2007. The Horne Islands have adequate precipitation. Futuna has many streams, and Alofi is heavily wooded. The main villages are on the southern coast of Futuna. Alofi is uninhabited.
Variants of HORNE ISLANDS
Horne Islands or Futuna Islands
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