Wallis & Futuna Country Profile
Wallis & Futuna at a Glance
|Location:||Oceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand|
|Climate:||tropical; hot, rainy season (November to April); cool, dry season (May to October); rains 2,500-3,000 mm per year (80% humidity); average temperature 26.6 degrees C|
|Terrain:||volcanic origin; low hills|
|Population:||15,289 (July 2009 est.)|
A Brief Profile of Wallis & Futuna
The Futuna island group was discovered by the Dutch in 1616 and Wallis by the British in 1767, but it was the French who declared a protectorate over the islands in 1842. In 1959, the inhabitants of the islands voted to become a French overseas territory.