About Vanuatu

Most people’s idea of paradise can be had on this tiny island of Vanuatu. Largely undiscovered, these tropical chain of islands in the south Pacific are peaceful, vibrant, and diverse

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VANUATU OVERVIEW

Vanuatu is more than just a visit.

Most people’s idea of paradise can be had on this tiny island of Vanuatu. Largely undiscovered, these tropical chain of islands in the south Pacific are peaceful, vibrant, and diverse. Along with deserted beaches, rugged landscapes, and ancient culture, Vanuatu also offers up a warm welcome to international investors to its shores. Vanuatu is also known for its stability and security, as well as a passport offering incredible global freedom for investors wishing to spread their wings.

Vanuatu Citizenship Benefits

There are many advantages of having Vanuatu citizenship, including fast access to second citizenship, visa-free travel to over 120 countries, and zero corporation tax. Plus, the citizenship can include up to four direct family members.
Fast access to second citizenship: The Vanuatu Honorary Citizenship Programme is incredibly fast. You could have your new passport in-hand within 60 days.

Hassle-free travel: Vanuatu passport holders can enjoy the benefit of visa-free travel to over 120 countries, including the UK and all of Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore and Russia.

Business benefits: Vanuatu is tax-free, apart from VAT and customs tax. That means zero corporation tax for both domestic and international companies, and exemption from capital gains.

A safe and secure future for your family: Your Vanuatu citizenship extends to up to four direct family members. This means spouse, children under 18, dependent children under 25, and dependent parents over the age of 65.
Vanuatu citizenship cost & how to apply

The Vanuatu citizenship-by-investment application process is both quick and simple. Vanuatu citizenship costs are also very affordable, with investors required to make a USD143,000 donation into the Development Support Program (plus nominal fees) for a single applicant.

Vanuatu, officially known as the Republic of Vanuatu, is an archipelago nation, spread across 82 islands in the south Pacific Ocean. The country’s capital and largest city is Port Villa and its official languages are Bislama, French and English – though over 100 languages are estimated to be spoken locally. The local currency is the Vanuatu Valu (VAV)
Vanuatu enjoys strong relationships with many powerful nations around the world, with close cultural and economic ties to Australia, New Zealand and much of the European Union. The country is also a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund.

History

History. The islands of Vanuatu have been inhabited since 500 BCE, and the region was part of the Tongan Empire into the 14th century. European sailors visited it briefly and at long intervals from early in the 17th century. The name 'New Hebrides' was given to the islands by Captain James Cook on his visit in 1774.

Language

The national language of the Republic of Vanuatu is Bislama. The official languages are Bislama, English and French. The principal languages of education are English and French. The use of English or French as the formal language is split along political lines.
Bislama is a pidgin language, and now a creole in urban areas. Essentially combining a typically Melanesian grammar with a mostly English vocabulary, Bislama is now the lingua franca of the entire archipelago of Vanuatu, used by the majority of the population as a second language.
In addition, 113 indigenous languages are still actively spoken in Vanuatu. The density of languages, per capita, is the highest of any nation in the world, with an average of only 2,000 speakers per language. All vernacular languages of Vanuatu (i.e., excluding Bislama) belong to the Oceanic branch of the Austronesian family.
In recent years, the use of Bislama as a first language has considerably encroached on indigenous languages, whose use in the population has receded from 73.1 to 63.2 percent between 1999 and 2009.

Climate

The climate is tropical, with about nine months of warm to hot rainy weather and the possibility of cyclones and three to four months of cooler, drier weather characterised by winds from the southeast. The water temperature ranges from 22 °C (72 °F) in winter to 28 °C (82 °F) in the summer. Cool between April and September, the days become hotter and more humid starting in October. The daily temperature ranges from 20–32 °C (68–90 °F). Southeasterly trade winds occur from May to October.
Vanuatu has a long rainy season, with significant rainfall almost every month. The wettest and hottest months are December through April, which also constitutes the cyclone season. The driest months are June through November. Rainfall averages about 2,360 millimetres (93 in) per year but can be as high as 4,000 millimetres (160 in) in the northern islands. In 2015, the United Nations University gave Vanuatu the highest natural disaster risk of all the countries it measured.

Lifestyle

Vanuatu culture retains a strong diversity through local regional variations and through foreign influence. Vanuatu may be divided into three major cultural regions. In the north, wealth is established by how much one can give away, through a grade-taking system. Pigs, particularly those with rounded tusks, are considered a symbol of wealth throughout Vanuatu. In the centre, more traditional Melanesian cultural systems dominate. In the south, a system involving grants of title with associated privileges has developed.
Young men undergo various coming-of-age ceremonies and rituals to initiate them into manhood, usually including circumcision.
Most villages have a nakamal or village clubhouse which serves as a meeting point for men and as a place to drink kava. Villages also have male- and female-only sections. These sections are situated all over the villages; in nakamals, special spaces are provided for females when they are in their menstruation period.
There are few prominent ni-Vanuatu authors. Women's rights activist Grace Mera Molisa, who died in 2002, achieved international notability as a descriptive poet.

VANUATU Facts & Figures

Capital Port Vila
Largest city Port Vila
National language Bislama
Area 12,189 km2
Population 2016 estimate 270,402
GDP (Nominal)

  • Total
  • Per capital
(2018 estimate)

  • $957 million
  • $3,327
Currency Vanuatu vatu (VUV)
Time zone UTC+11; Vanuatu Time)
Date format dd/mm/yyyy
Driving side Right
Calling code +678
ISO 3166 code VU
Internet TLD .vu

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