New Caledonia Identity Card

Country name:
~ conventional long form: Territory of New Caledonia and Dependencies
~ conventional short form: New Caledonia
~ local long form: Territoire des Nouvelle-Caledonie et Dependances
~ local short form: Nouvelle-Caledonie
Area: 19,060 sq km
Coastline: 2,254 km
Highest point: Mont Panie 1,628 m
Population: 216,494
Density: 11/km2
Population growth rate: 1.28%
Official Language: French
Religions: Roman Catholic 60%, Protestant 30%, other 10%
Government type: overseas territory of France
Capital: Nouméa
GDP - per capita: $15,000
Inflation rate: -0.6%
Currency (code): Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique franc (XPF)
Vehicle Country Id-Code: F
Calling code: +687
Internet country code: .nc
Time Zone: + 11.0 H


New Caledonia fares well as a perfect choice for vacationing for its truly fascinating landscape, lush and verdant vegetation and water that make great scuba diving. Despite its isolation from major landmasses, New Caledonia has a number of interesting forms of animal life and offers some spectacular sightseeing options. Located in the southwest Pacific Ocean, approximately 1,500 km northwest of New Zealand, this island destination is part of the region of Melanesia. Scattered over an area of 18,575.5 sq km (7,172 sq. miles), New Caledonia comprises of the main island of Grande Terre and several other small islands of the Isle of Pines, the Loyalty Islands, Walpole Island, the Bellona Reefs, Chesterfield and the Belep archipelago. Among these, the Grande Terre is the largest one of all and the only one with mountain ranges. There are five peaks here with over 1500 meters height and the highest point is Mont Panié at 1,628 meters. New Caledonia also holds the distinction to contain about one-quarter of the world's nickel resources. Politically and administratively, New Caledonia is a French dependency and is enlisted with the United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories. It is also famous for its spectacular biodiversity.

Isle of Pines



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