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About Vanuatu

A proudly “non-aligned” nation, Vanuatu welcomes people from all over the world and is considered to be the “Switzerland of the South Pacific”

A Pristine Paradise

Rich in natural and culture diversity and full of economic opportunities, Vanuatu is a gem of the South Pacific.

Over 80 islands make up the tropical paradise of Vanuatu, which spans an area of more than 1,000 kilometers. In this Melanesian South Pacific nation, you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the world, enjoy exotic outdoor adventures, and unwind to enjoy turning your life into a permanent vacation. Expect to find stunning coral reefs, breathtaking waterfalls, jungles, world-renown white sand beaches, and the world’s only climbable active volcano.

What’s more, it’s rated as the 2nd happiest country on Earth in the latest Happy Planet Index, and has ranked first several times in the past.

If you are looking for a true “land of opportunity” when it comes to business enterprises getting a first-mover advantage with little to no competition, enjoy living in a sunny and warm climate no matter what time of the year it is, and want to be somewhere that is a truly safe haven within an increasingly-unstable world, then Vanuatu is the perfect place for you.

Vanuatu Stats

Capital: Port Vila on Efate Island (Population: 50,000)
2nd-Largest City: Luganville on Espiritu Santo Island (Population: 20,000)
Currency: Vatu (VUV)
Forest Cover: 93%
Size: 12,200 sq km
Population: 325,000
Independence: July 30, 1980
Official Languages: English, French, Bislama (English is the language of business)
Principal Industries: Tourism, Agriculture, Finance
Import Countries: China, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand
Export Countries: Thailand, Japan, Australia, New Zealand
Gov’t: Parliamentary Democracy w/ separation of powers & independent courts
Economy: Primarily agriculture & tourism, with 80% of residents are largely self-sufficient
State Religion: None but Christianity is dominant
Culture: Melanesian with Polynesian & French influences
Internet: Fiber optic in Port Vila & Luganville, satellite & WiFi elsewhere

Blockchain Innovation Hub

An increasing number of blockchain technology professionals are relocating to Vanuatu, advising the government of this emerging technology’s benefits, or are securing themselves a Vanuatu permanent residency to join the Satoshi Island blockchain innovation hub.

Vanuatu has recently conducted a highly-successful blockchain-based cash transfer solution called Unblocked Cash, and has now rolled out a large-scale registration initiative for cash transfers using blockchain technology.

These developments, as well as others, signify the willingness of the Vanuatu government to work with the private sector to leverage this innovative technology that provides numerous benefits, such as banking the unbanked, improved security and transparency, increased privacy, fast and inexpensive transactions/remittances, and more.

Happy & Safe

Vanuatu has the 6th lowest crime level in the world, having a level of safety rarely found around the globe. It is also ranks as one of the happiest countries on Earth, with locals being quick to smile at and wave to you.

Eco-Conscious

With 93% of Vanuatu forested, a quarter of its oceans protected, organic-only produce, and single-use plastic banned, this island nation is committed to keeping its environment pristine.

Virtually Tax Free

In Vanuatu, there are no income taxes, capital gains taxes, corporate taxes, withholding taxes, inheritance taxes, gift taxes, or estate taxes, making it one of the most favorable tax systems in the world.

Excellent Plan B

Receive PR in one of the safest, environmentally-conscious, and happiest countries on Earth. Either relocate to Vanuatu right away or hold your PR until you feel it’s time to make an exit from where you live.

Vanuatu History

– 1980, Vanuatu Independence

On July 30, 1980, Vanuatu officially gained its independence after around 74 years of joint British-French “Condominium” rule.

– 1994, Decentralized Governance

The 11 Local Government Councils were reorganized into 6 provinces in December 1994, providing them more freedom to choose what is best for their residents while remaining subject to the direction of the national government.

– 2022, New Government Elected

Vanuatu’s most recent elections were held in October 2022, in which a new government formed that championed its environmental, anti-corruption, and decentralization policies. Vanuatu also elected its first woman parliament member in 14 years.

Vanuatu Background

The Lapita culture settled Melanesia, of which Vanuatu is a part of, and were the first people to call these islands their home. Today, Vanuatu is a growing country with sharp contrasts between its few modern towns and its numerous isolated villages where traditional Kastom life still reigns. Fa’a Samoa, the traditional Samoan code of conduct currently observed in autonomous Samoa, is quite similar to it.

Happiness Is Currency

Ni-Vans are renowned and admired as being some of the happiest people in the world despite leading relatively basic lives, which complements the tourism sector, a substantial source of income on the islands. Locals say while they may not have much in terms of money, they are rich in the abundance that nature provides as well as the strong relationships they have with family and friends.

Kava Haven

Instead of alcohol, Ni-Vanuatu prefer the magical brew called Kava. Coming from the roots of the kava plant, this calming and euphoric drink is enjoyed today by both men and women alike, although it used to solely be allowed to be imbibed by men. It’s said that after drinking three coconut shells worth of kava, it is difficult to stay angry at anyone. Vanuatu is very proud of their kava, and for a good reason: it’s considered to be the best kava in the world!

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