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Niue

Niue
Niuē
Flag of Niue
Coat of arms of Niue
Flag Coat of arms
Anthem: Ko e Iki he Lagi  (Niuean)
The Lord in Heaven
Location of Niue
The location of Niue in the West Pacific
The location of Niue in the West Pacific
Status Area of the Realm of New Zealand
and Associated State
Capital
and largest village
Alofi
19°03′S 169°52′W / 19.050°S 169.867°W / -19.050; -169.867
Official languages
Demonym Niuean
Government Unitary parliamentary
constitutional monarchy
• Monarch
Elizabeth II
Dame Patsy Reddy
• Premier
Toke Talagi
Legislature Niue Assembly
Associated state
19 October 1974
• Independence in foreign relations recognised by the UN
1994
Area
• Total
260 km2 (100 sq mi)
• Water (%)
0
Population
• 2016 estimate
1,612 (235th)
• Density
5.35/km2 (13.9/sq mi) (n/a)
GDP (PPP) 2011 estimate
• Total
$24.3 million (not ranked)
• Per capita
$15,066 (not ranked)
Currency (NZD)
Time zone (UTC−11)
Drives on the left
Calling code +683
ISO 3166 code NU
Internet TLD .nu

Niue (/ˈnj/ NEW-ay; Niuean: Niuē) is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean, 2,400 kilometres (1,500 mi) northeast of New Zealand, and east of Tonga, south of Samoa and west of the Cook Islands. Its land area is 260 square kilometres (100 sq mi) and its population, predominantly Polynesian, is around 1,612 as of November 2016. They commonly refer to the island as "The Rock", a reference to the traditional name "Rock of Polynesia".

Niue, whose capital is the village of Alofi, is a self-governing state in free association with New Zealand; and New Zealand conducts most diplomatic relations on its behalf. Niueans are citizens of New Zealand, and Queen Elizabeth II is head of state in her capacity as Queen of New Zealand. Between 90–95% of Niuean people live in New Zealand, along with about 70% of the speakers of the Niuean language. A bilingual country, over 30% speak both Niuean and English, though the percentage of monolingual English-speaking people is only 11%, while 46% are monolingual Niuean speakers. Rugby is the most played sport in Niue. In October 2016, Niue officially declared that all its national debt was paid off, and that there is no longer any national debt in Niue.


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