Tonga

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TONGA is situated about 20° south of the Equator and just west of the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean. It comprises a low limestone chain of islands in the east and a higher volcanic chain in the west.

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There are 170 islands, but only about 40 of them are inhabited. The climate is warm with substantial rainfall, and destructive cyclones are likely to occur every few years.

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The government owns all the land, and males can rent an allotment for growing food. Yams, cassava, and taro are grown as sub­sistence crops, while fish from the sea supplement the islanders’ diet.

Pumpkins, bananas, vanilla, and coconuts exported. The primary industry is coconut processing. About 70 percent of the workforce is occupied in either fishing or agriculture, while many Tongans are employed overseas.

Tourism, foreign aid (from countries such as the UK, Australia, and New Zealand) and the income sent home from overseas workers all contribute to the country’s economy.

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