UTC+13 (18 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
tropical; modified by trade winds; warm season (December to May), cool season (May to December)
Tongan is the language used for everyday communication, while Tongan and English are both official languages. The majority of Tongans are of Polynesian descent. Tongan is spelled with a Latin script, and sounds the way it looks.
Polynesian, Europeans about 300
King's Official Birthday, 4 July (1959); Constitution Day (National Day), 4 November (1875)
20 00 S, 175 00 W
Oceania, archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand