Vanuatu Demographics

What is the population of Vanuatu?

Population 298,333
Population Growth Rate 2.06%
Urban Population 24.9%
Population in Major Urban Areas PORT-VILA (capital) 47,000
Nationality Noun Ni-Vanuatu (singular and plural)
Nationality Adjective Ni-Vanuatu
Ethnic Groups indigenous Melanesian 98%, French, Vietnamese, Chinese, other Pacific Islanders
Languages Spoken three official languages: English, French, pidgin (known as Bislama or Bichelama), plus more than 100 local languages

Vanuatu Health Information

What are the health conditions in Vanuatu?

Contraceptive Prevalence Rate - female 15-49 38.4%
Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 4.2
Drinking Water Source - percent of rural population improved 88.3%
Drinking Water Source - percent of total population unimproved 9.3%
Drinking Water Source - percent of urban population improved 97.8%
Health Expenditures - percent of GDP 4.1%
Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population 1.7
Infant Mortality Rate - female deaths/1,000 live births 15.91
Infant Mortality Rate - male deaths/1,000 live births 18.34
Infant Mortality Rate - total deaths/1,000 live births 17.15
Maternal Mortality Rate - deaths/100,000 live births 110
Obesity - adult prevalence rate 27.5%
Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population .12
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of total population unimproved 42.1%
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of urban population improved 65.1%
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of rural population improved 55.4%
Total Fertility Rate - children born/woman 3.47
Underweight - percent of children under five years 11.7%

Vanuatu Life Expectancy

How long do people live in Vanuatu?

Life Expectancy at Birth 72 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - female 74 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - male 70 Years
Median Age 20 Years
Median Age - female 21 Years
Median Age - male 20 Years

Vanuatu Infant Mortality - per 1,000 live births

Vanuatu median age, birth rate and death rates

Birth Rate - births/1,000 population 26
Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 4.2
Median Age 20 Years
Median Age - female 21 Years
Median Age - male 20 Years
Net Migration Rate - migrant(s)/1,000 population -1.53
Population Growth Rate 2.06%
Sex Ratio 0-14 Years - male/female 1.04
Sex Ratio 15-24 Years - male/female .99
Sex Ratio 25-54 Years - male/female .96
Sex Ratio 55-64 Years - male/female 1
Sex Ratio at Birth - male/female 1.05
Sex Ratio of Total Population - male/female 1.01
Sex Ratio Over 64 Years - male/female 1.07

Vanuatu Medical Information

What are the health conditions in Vanuatu?

Medical Facilities and Health Information

Hospital and medical facilities in Vanuatu are limited. Costs for treatment, including for pharmaceuticals, can be expensive. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for their services. In the event of a serious illness or accident (including diving-related injuries), you would need a medical evacuation to a destination with appropriate facilities, usually Australia. A medical evacuation can cost tens of thousands of U.S. dollars. There is only one hyperbaric chamber for diving accidents in Vanuatu, located in Port Vila. Many of the popular dive sites are located on other islands, and it may take several hours or days to obtain medical assistance in the event of a diving accident.

Pharmacies are located only in urban centers and at missionary clinics. They are small and may be inadequately stocked; bring adequate supplies of medications for your stay in Vanuatu.

Vanuatu Education

What is school like in Vanuatu?

Education Expenditures - percent of GDP 5%
Literacy - total population 74%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write
School Life Expectancy - female 10 Years
School Life Expectancy - male 11 Years
Total School Life Expectancy - (primary to tertiary) 11 Years

Vanuatu Literacy

Can people in Vanuatu read?

Literacy - total population 74%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write
Predominant Language three official languages: English, French, pidgin (known as Bislama or Bichelama), plus more than 100 local languages

Vanuatu Crime

Is Vanuatu a safe place to visit?

Crime Information

Although violent crime is rare in Vanuatu, there is a risk that you could be a victim of theft, burglary, sexual harassment, or sexual assault. Take reasonable precautions to avoid exposing yourself to undue risk, especially in tourist areas. Women should avoid going out alone at night or to isolated locations, especially on foot.

If you are a victim of crime in Vanuatu, contact the local police emergency line, which is 112 in Vanuatu, and the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Vanuatu Penalties for Crime

Criminal Penalties

Local laws and penalties, including ones that appear to be harsh by U.S. standards, apply to you. If you violate Vanuatu’s laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Crimes related to illegal drugs in Vanuatu are severely penalized. Buying pirated goods, engaging in sexual conduct with children, or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime prosecutable in the United States.

If you are arrested in Vanuatu, request that the police, prison officials, or otherauthorities alert the U.S. Embassy in Papua New Guinea immediately of your arrest.

Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are they illegal in the United States, you may also be breaking local law.

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