Vanuatu

geographical name
Van·​u·​atu | \ ˌvan-ˌwä-ˈtü How to pronounce Vanuatu (audio) , ˌvän- also -ˈwä-(ˌ)tü\
variants: or formerly New Hebrides \ ˈhe-​brə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce New Hebrides (audio) \

Definition of Vanuatu

islands in the southwestern Pacific northeast of New Caledonia and west of Fiji; capital Port-Vila (on Efate) area 5700 square miles (14,820 square kilometers), population 234,023

Note: As the New Hebrides, Vanuatu was formerly under joint British and French administration. It has been an independent republic since 1980.

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