Capital: Nouméa

Population: 274,229 (estimated in 2015)

Currency: Change Franc Pacifique, CFP Franc (XPF)

Official Language: French

Unofficial Languages: Various Melanesian-Polynesian dialects

Main Religion: Christianity

Ethnic Groups: Kanak, European, Wallisian, Tahitian, Vietnamese, Indonesian, and others

Largest Cities: Noumea, Mont-Dore, Dumbéa

Main Sport: Cricket, Football, Athletics

Political System: Parliamentary Representative Democracy

National Holidays (2016):

New Year’s Day (January 1)

Easter Monday (March 28)

Labour Day (May 1)

Ascension Day (May 5)

Victory Day (May 8)

Whit Monday (May 16)

Bastille Day (July 14)

Assumption (August 15)

French Treaty Day (September 24)

All Saint’s Day (November 1)

Armistice Day (November 11)

Christmas Day (December 25)

New Year’s Eve (December 31) 

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