Vanuatu is a country
Republic of Vanuatu/République de Vanuatu
Vanuatu is a country in the South Pacific Ocean. The capital and of Vanuatu is Port Vila. Port Vila is also the largest city in Vanuatu. Port Vila is located on the South Coast of the Island of Efate, in the Shea Region. The city's population alone in 1999 was 29 356. Port Vila is the most financial and marketable centre of Vanuatu.
The population of Vanuatu has changed greatly over the years. E.g., in the year 2000 the population was 189 723 but given that it's the year 2008 the population increased by 41 419. The current population of Vanuatu is 231 142.
The official languages of Vanuatu consist of Bislama, English and French. Bislama is mainly spoken by people of Port Vila and Luganville. English and French aren't spoken in a main area in Vanuatu but they are spoken widely around the country.
Mt Yasur, one of the greatest tourist attractions to be seen, found on Tanna Island. Hideaway Island includes superb snorkelling, nice place to sit back, relax. Eton Beach is a great area to be fishing, surfing or just to have a quick swim in the clear refreshing water. The museum and Cultural centre is also on the 'to do' list. It is a great place to learn about Vanuatu's history.
Vanuatu has a tropical climate including strong winds from Mai (May) until Octobre (October), rainfall from Novembre (November) until Avril (April) and possibly be affected by cyclones from Decembre (Decembre) until Avril (April).
The cuisine of Vanuatu normally contains fish, root vegetables and fruits. There are many fruits and vegetables that grow all through the year such as mangoes, paw paws, sweet potatoes. Most island families grow their own food in gardens to save money. To flavour their meals they use coconut milk or cream. They use hot stones to boil or steam a large amount of their food. They hardly fry their food.
The currency of Vanuatu is called the Vatu. It was first introduced in 1982. In coins there is 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 Vatu. The coins that are made of nickel-brass are; the 1, 2, 5 and 100 Vatu and the 10, 20 and 50 Vatu are made of Cupro-brass. In notes there is; the 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 5000 Vatu.
The Vanuatu dress very poorly. The women only cover their bottom half and they keep their breasts shown. The men do a very similar thing but covering their bottom half with Pandanus. In the 19th century when the Presbyterian missionaries arrived the Vanuatu finally grew a sense of fashion and hygiene. Nowadays the women are made to wear a colourful floral dress known as an 'Island Dress' or 'Mother Hubbard'. This now covers the women's full body. Each floral dress shows the identity of a woman. Every women of Vanuatu can recite this song: 'Your colour is colourful. It makes a man happy and laughs a little bit. It swings around everywhere, my island dress.'
The traditional dress has changed many times e.g. fabrics, colours, styles. Therefore the women love to run parades to show their new designs and creations of clothing.
Arts and crafts
The arts and crafts have changed greatly over the years but still contains it's cultural heritage
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