Tokelau is located in the west of the Oceania Continent, with a population of 1,368, making it the 235th largest
national population. They do not have a capital or largest city but each of the three main islands (
Atafu, Nukunonu
Fakaofo) has its own administrative center. The country encompasses 10 square kilometers making it the 228th
largest country in total area. It shares boundaries with the Pacific Ocean.

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom is recognized as the Chief of State and achieves that status through
heredity and holds that position for life or abdication. She is represented by Governor General of New Zealand
Lieutenant General Sir Jeremiah "Jerry" Mateparae and Administrator Jonathan Kings. Aliki Faipule Salesio Lui is
recognized as the Head of Government and achieves that status through a position that rotates annually among the
three Faipule (village leaders) of Atufu (Aliki Faipule Kelisiano Kalolo), Nukunonu (Aliki Faipule Salesio Lui) and
Fakaofo (Aliki Faipule Foua Toloa) and holds that position for one year. Its form of government is a self-
administrative territory of New Zealand and they celebrate the creation of their constitution with the Tokelau Act of
1948, which took effect 1 January 1949.

The languages commonly or officially spoken are Tokelauan. It counts among its major religions Congregational
Christian Church, Roman Catholic and other faiths. As sources of mass communication it has one radio station that
serves all three islands.

Major geographical features are an unnamed location on Nukunonu Island, its highest point at 5 meters and the
Pacific Ocean, its lowest point at 0 meters. Its principal waterway is Pacific Ocean, which measures 101
kilometers of coastline.

Major industries providing for the bulk of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are small-scale enterprises for
copra production, woodworking, plaited craft goods; stamps, coins and fishing. Its official currency is the New
Zealand Dollar.

Here’s something you may not know about Tokelau. Originally settled by Polynesian emigrants from surrounding
island groups, the Tokelau Islands were made a British protectorate in 1889. They were transferred to New Zealand
administration in 1925
Atafu Island- Tokelau's
northern and
westernmost point
Fakaofu Island-
Tokelau's southern
and easternmost point
Tokelau food- typically
local fish and canned
goods from Samoa
Tokelau in Outrigger
with tourists on the
Pacific Ocean-
Tokelau's lowest point
Nukunono Island-
Tokelau's highest point
Typical House on
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Updated 05 March 2013
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MV Tokelau- primary
transportation between
the atolls
Pigs feeding at low tide
Sydney Island in the
Nukunono Atoll
Tokelau dancers in
traditional dress
Tokelau baskets
Fisherman on Fakaofu