Provinces of Vanuatu

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Vanuatu has been divided into six provinces since 1994. The names in English of all provinces are derived from the initial letters of their constituent islands:


Province Capital Main islandsLand Area
Census 2016 [Statistics 1]
Flag of Malampa Province.svg  Malampa Lakatoro Ambrym, Malakula, Paama 2,77940,928
Flag of Penama Province.svg  Penama Saratamata Pentecost Island, Ambae, Maéwo 1,19832,543
Flag of Sanma Province.svg  Sanma Luganville Santo, Malo 4,24854,184
Flag of Shefa Province.svg  Shefa Port Vila Efate, Shepherd Islands, Epi 1,45597,602
Tafea Flag.svg  Tafea Isangel Tanna, Aniwa, Futuna, Erromango, Anatom 1,62837,050
Flag of Torba (Vanuatu) Province.svg Torba Sola Banks and Torres Islands 88210,161
Flag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu Port Vila  12,190272,459
Provinces of Vanuatu Vanuatu Provinces.JPG
Provinces of Vanuatu


The provinces are in turn divided into municipalities headed by a council and a mayor elected from among the members of the council.

In the Tafea Province for example are the following municipalities (council areas): [1]

The islands of Aniwa, Futuna and Aneityum appear to consist of one municipality each.

Island regions (historical)

From 1985 to 1994 it was divided into eleven island regions:[ citation needed ]

Capital part of
Land Area
Census 1999
or estimate
Ambae & Maéwo Longana Penama 70814,646
Ambrym Eas Malampa 6787,787
Banks & Torres Sola Torba 8827,757
Éfaté Port Vila Shefa 91550,000
Epi Ringdove Shefa 4513,000
Malakula Lakatoro Malampa 2,04323,361
Paama Liro Malampa 581,557
Pentecost Loltong Penama 49012,000
Santo & Malo Luganville Sanma 4,24836,084
Shepherd Islands Morua Shefa 891,439
Taféa Isangel Tafea 1,62829,047
New Hebrides Port Vila  12,189186,678

Districts (historical)

During the Condominium era, specifically from 1968 to 1984 the group was divided into four administrative districts:[ citation needed ]

District Capital Main IslandsCurrent
Land Area
Census 1999
Southern District
Lénakel Tanna, Aniwa, Futuna, Erromango, Anatom Tafea 1,62829,047
Central District 1
Port Vila Efate, Epi, Shepherd Islands Shefa 1,45554,439
Central District 2
Lamap Ambrym, Malakula, Paama, Pentecôte Malampa, Penama  (part)3,26944,705
Northern District
Luganville Santo, Malo, Banks and Torres Islands, Aoba, Maewo Sanma, Torba, Penama  (part)5,83858,487
Vanuatu Port Vila   12,189186,678

Districts (1950)

In the 1950s, districts appeared to denote the finest administrative level, finer than the current municipalities or council areas, but above the village level. The island of Tanna was subdivided into 12 such districts, in 1952: [2]

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  1. "Census & Surveys". Vanuatu National Statistics Office. Archived from the original on 2013-05-01. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  1. Jean Guiart: Un siècle et demi de contacts culturels à Tanna Nouvelles-Hebrides, Paris 1956, 460 pages