New Caledonia

FORUM ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP: 2006. Joined as a Forum Observer in 1999

CAPITAL: Noumea

SURFACE AREA: 18.6 thousand sq km

EEZ: 1.4 million sq km

POPULATION: 268,767 (2016)

LANGUAGE: French

CURRENCY: French Pacific Francs (CFP) or Pacific franc (XPF)

ECONOMY: Nickel industry, mining, financial transfers from France, tourism, manufacturing

STATUS: Mandated collegiate government

HEAD OF STATE: President of French Republic

HEAD OF GOVERNMENT: President HE Philippe Germain

WEBSITE: http://www.gouv.nc/