Category: Oceania

Vanuatu Median Age

Vanuatu 2019

Yearbook 2019 Vanuatu. In January, 685 people were forced to leave their homes on the island of Ambrym after the eruption of the volcano on the island. The huge forces caused cracks in the...

Tuvalu 2019

Tuvalu 2019

Yearbook 2019 Tuvalu. In September elections were held for Parliament; 37 candidates fought for 16 seats. Of these, two were women but only one was elected. The Prime Minister since 2013, Enele Sopoaga, won...

Tonga Median Age

Tonga 2019

Yearbook 2019 Tonga. In September, the country’s prime minister, ‘Akilisi Pohiva, passed away at the age of 78. Pohiva spent much of the year in Auckland, New Zealand, where he was treated for liver...

Solomon Islands Median Age

Solomon Islands 2019

Yearbook 2019 Solomon Islands. An oil tanker was on the ground outside the Solomon Islands at the beginning of the year, and UNESCO’s world heritage site on the coral island of Rennell was threatened...

Samoa Median Age

Samoa 2019

Yearbook 2019 Samoa. During the fall, Samoa suffered a measles epidemic. By December, some 70 people had died, over 60 of whom were children. Almost 4,700 cases had been registered, but 90% of them...

Papua New Guinea Median Age

Papua New Guinea 2019

Yearbook 2019 Papua New Guinea. A Kurdish refugee in the criticized detention camp on the island of Manus in Papua New Guinea received Australia’s most prestigious literary award at the beginning of the year,...

Palau 2019

Palau 2019

Yearbook 2019 Palau. Former President Thomas Remengesau passed away in August at the age of 89. Remengesau temporarily resigned as the country’s highest leader in 1985 after President Haruo Remeliik was assassinated. The same...

New Zealand Median Age

New Zealand 2019

Yearbook 2019 New Zealand. During the World Economic Forum in Davos in January, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern presented a new alternative way of measuring growth. From 2019, the country’s government would annually present a...

Nauru 2019

Nauru 2019

Yearbook 2019 Nauru. The parliamentary elections held in August meant a fresh start by losing about half of its members. Among them was President Baron Waqa, who has been in office since 2013. It...

Micronesia Median Age

Micronesia 2019

Yearbook 2019 Micronesia Federation. In March, congressional elections were held. Most of the 14 members were re-elected, but not the president since four years Peter M. Christian, who lost to David W. Panuelo. Among...