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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 islands||Land Area|
|Malampa||Lakatoro||Ambrym, Malakula, Paama||2,779||40,928|
|Penama||Saratamata||Pentecost Island, Ambae, Maéwo||1,198||32,543|
|Shefa||Port Vila||Efate, Shepherd Islands, Epi||1,455||97,602|
|Tafea||Isangel||Tanna, Aniwa, Futuna, Erromango, Anatom||1,628||37,050|
|Torba||Sola||Banks and Torres Islands||882||10,161|
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):
The islands of Aniwa, Futuna and Aneityum appear to consist of one municipality each.
From 1985 to 1994 it was divided into eleven island regions:[ citation needed ]
|Ambae & Maéwo||Longana||Penama||708||14,646|
|Banks & Torres||Sola||Torba||882||7,757|
|Santo & Malo||Luganville||Sanma||4,248||36,084|
|New Hebrides||Port Vila||12,189||186,678|
During the Condominium era, specifically from 1968 to 1984 the group was divided into four administrative districts:[ citation needed ]
| Southern District |
|Lénakel||Tanna, Aniwa, Futuna, Erromango, Anatom||Tafea||1,628||29,047|
| Central District 1 |
|Port Vila||Efate, Epi, Shepherd Islands||Shefa||1,455||54,439|
| Central District 2 |
|Lamap||Ambrym, Malakula, Paama, Pentecôte||Malampa, Penama (part)||3,269||44,705|
| Northern District |
|Luganville||Santo, Malo, Banks and Torres Islands, Aoba, Maewo||Sanma, Torba, Penama (part)||5,838||58,487|
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