English: Tokelau

Map of Tokelau
Where Tokelau is in the World
Central Oceania: Tokelau is in the centre at the top.

Tokelau is a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean. It is made of three atolls. These atolls have a surface area of about12 square kilometres (4.6 sq mi). About 1500 people lived there in 2016. The territory belongs to New Zealand. The atolls are Alatufu, Nukunonu, and Fakaofo. Together with Swains Island (which is part of American Samoa now) they are known as the Union Islands. Swains Island is about 180 km to the south of Fakaofo. Less than 50 people live on Swains Island. Tokelau is about half way between New Zealand and Hawaii.

Tokelau does not have an official capital. The most important languages spoken in Tokelau are English and Tokelauan.

The people live in four villages: Two of them are on Fakaofo. The islands Atafu and Nukunonu each have one village. The most common language is Tokelauan, about half the people are able to speak English.

According to the UN, many people on Tokelau are overweight: Many of the 15 to 64 age group also suffer from diabetes.[1]

A barge leaves the dock at Nukunonu in Tokelau to collect passengers and cargo from the MV Tokelau drifting in deeper waters in the distance.

Tokelau is among the most remote areas in the Pacific: There are no airports; the islands can only be reached by ship: there are also no sea ports, which makes travelling difficult, even between the atolls. New Zealand pays for a ship, which connects Tokelau with the next bigger seaport (Apia, on Samoa). The trip from Apia to Fakaofo takes about a day, reaching the northernmost atoll Atafu will take another three to four hours. There is no large pier on any of the islands, which means that smaller boats (called barges) are needed to reach the shore.[2] The ship reaches Tokelau about once every two weeks.

In 2004 there was a vote to change the status of Tokelau: Rather than being a dependent territory of New Zealand, the proposal was to be "in association with" New Zealand, much like Cook Islands and Niue. At the time, the people of Tokleau voted against this independence.

  • references


  1. "WHO Western Pacific | World Health Organization". Retrieved 2019-01-26.
  2. "Tokelau's new cargo vessel on schedule for 2018 service". Retrieved 2019-01-26.

Other Languages
Acèh: Tokelau
Afrikaans: Tokelau
አማርኛ: ቶከላው
العربية: توكيلاو
aragonés: Tokelau
arpetan: Tokelaou
asturianu: Tokeláu
azərbaycanca: Tokelau
تۆرکجه: توکلائو
বাংলা: টোকেলাউ
Bân-lâm-gú: Tokelau
башҡортса: Токелау
беларуская: Такелау
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Такелаў
Bikol Central: Tokelau
български: Токелау
bosanski: Tokelau
brezhoneg: Tokelau
català: Tokelau
čeština: Tokelau
chiShona: Tokelau
Cymraeg: Tocelaw
dansk: Tokelau
Deutsch: Tokelau
ދިވެހިބަސް: ތޮކެލާއު
eesti: Tokelau
Ελληνικά: Τοκελάου
English: Tokelau
español: Tokelau
Esperanto: Tokelao
euskara: Tokelau
فارسی: توکلائو
Fiji Hindi: Tokelau
føroyskt: Tokelau
français: Tokelau
Gaelg: Tokelau
Gagauz: Tokelau
galego: Tokelau
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Tokelau
한국어: 토켈라우
հայերեն: Տոկելաու
hrvatski: Tokelau
Ido: Tokelau
বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী: টোকেলু
Bahasa Indonesia: Tokelau
íslenska: Tókelá
italiano: Tokelau
עברית: טוקלאו
ქართული: ტოკელაუ
қазақша: Токелау
kernowek: Tokelau
Kinyarwanda: Tokelawu
Kiswahili: Tokelau
Кыргызча: Токелау
Latina: Tokelau
latviešu: Tokelau
lietuvių: Tokelau
Ligure: Tokelau
Limburgs: Tokelau
Lingua Franca Nova: Tocelau
македонски: Токелау
मराठी: टोकेलाउ
مازِرونی: توکلائو
Bahasa Melayu: Tokelau
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Tokelau
Nederlands: Tokelau
日本語: トケラウ
Norfuk / Pitkern: Tokelau
norsk: Tokelau
norsk nynorsk: Tokelau
occitan: Tokelau
ଓଡ଼ିଆ: ଟୋକେଲାଉ
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਤੋਕਲੌ
پنجابی: ٹوکیلاؤ
polski: Tokelau
português: Tokelau
Qaraqalpaqsha: Tokelau
română: Tokelau
русский: Токелау
Gagana Samoa: To'elau
Scots: Tokelau
shqip: Tokelau
sicilianu: Tokelau
slovenčina: Tokelau
slovenščina: Tokelav
српски / srpski: Токелау
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Tokelau
Basa Sunda: Tokélau
suomi: Tokelau
svenska: Tokelau
Tagalog: Tokelau
татарча/tatarça: Токелау
Türkçe: Tokelau
українська: Токелау
اردو: ٹوکیلاؤ
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: توكېلاۋ تاقىم ئاراللىرى
Tiếng Việt: Tokelau
Võro: Tokelau
Winaray: Tokelau
Wolof: Tokelau
吴语: 托克劳
Yorùbá: Tokelau
粵語: 托克勞
Zazaki: Tokelau
中文: 托克劳