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Country name conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Niue
former: Savage Island
Gevernment typeself-governing parliamentary democracy
Capital name: Alofi
geographic coordinates: 19 01 S, 169 55 W
time difference: UTC+12 (17 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Flag descriptionyellow with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant; the flag of the UK bears five yellow five-pointed stars - a large one on a blue disk in the center and a smaller one on each arm of the bold red cross
CurrencyNew Zealand dollar (NZD)
Internet country
Ports and terminalsnone; offshore anchorage only
Agriculture productscoconuts, passion fruit, honey, limes, taro, yams, cassava (tapioca), sweet potatoes; pigs, poultry, beef cattle
Industriestourism, handicrafts, food processing
LocationOceania, island in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Tonga
Coordinates19 02 S, 169 52 W
Area total: 260 sq km
land: 260 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Boundaries0 km
Coastline64 km
Climatetropical; modified by southeast trade winds
Terrainsteep limestone cliffs along coast, central plateau
Natural resourcesfish, arable land
Natural hazardstyphoons
Population2,166 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsNiuen 78.2%, Pacific islander 10.2%, European 4.5%, mixed 3.9%, Asian 0.2%, unspecified 3% (2001 census)
ReligionsEkalesia Niue (Niuean Church - a Protestant church closely related to the London Missionary Society) 61.1%, Latter-Day Saints 8.8%, Roman Catholic 7.2%, Jehovah's Witnesses 2.4%, Seventh-Day Adventist 1.4%, other 8.4%, unspecified 8.7%, none 1.9% (2001 census)
LanguagesNiuean, a Polynesian language closely related to Tongan and Samoan; English

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