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The Republic of Vanuatu is an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean.

The archipelago is located some 1,750km east of Australia, 500km north-east of New Caledonia, west of Fiji and south of the Solomon Islands.

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In 1887, the islands began to be administered by a French-British naval commission.

In 1906, the French and British agreed to an Anglo-French Condominium on the New Hebrides.

As a general rule, the southern islands are cooler and drier than those of the north.

December through March is the cyclone season, with hot and rainy conditions throughout the islands.

In 1605, the Portuguese explorer Pedro Fernández de Quirós became the first European to reach the islands, believing it to be part of Terra Australis.

Europeans began settling the islands in the late 18th century, after British explorer James Cook visited the islands on his second voyage, and gave them the name New Hebrides.Known as the New Hebrides, they were administered jointly by Britain and France for 73 years.National pride finally took hold, forcing independence in 1980, along with its new name (Vanuatu) and a new constitution.It joined the UN in 1981, and the Non-Aligned Movement in 1983.Politics The parliament of Vanuatu is unicameral, and has 52 members; these are elected every four years by popular vote.Note that Vanuatu's seasons are just the opposite of those in the Northern Hemisphere, as Spring is (Sept-Nov), Summer is (Dec-Feb), Fall is (Mar-May) and Winter is (Jun-Aug).

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