Population: 1,411 (est.)
Language(s): Tokelauan, English, Samoan
Capital: Atafu (unofficial)
- The New Zealand dollar is the official currency of Tokelau.
- The major religion is the Congregational Christian Church.
- According to the US Central Intelligence Agency’s list of countries by GDP (PPP) Tokelau has the smallest economy of any country in the world.
- The government is almost entirely dependent on subsidies from New Zealand.
- Tokelau has a tropical climate, with an average temperature of 28 C (82 F) and sometimes rainfall. The best months to travel to Tokelau are from April to October.
- Tokelau is New Zealand‘s last remaining dependent territory.
- The name Tokelau is a Polynesian word meaning “North Wind”.
Tokelau is a territory of New Zealand in the South Pacific Ocean that consists of three tropical coral atolls with a combined land area of 10 km2 and a population of approximately 1,400. The atolls lie north of the Samoan Islands, east of Tuvalu, south of the Phoenix Islands, southwest of the more distant Line Islands (both island groups belonging to Kiribati) and northwest of the Cook Islands.
The United Nations General Assembly designated Tokelau a Non-Self-Governing Territory. Until 1976 the official name was Tokelau Islands. Tokelau is sometimes referred to by the older, colonial name of The Union Islands.