Vanuatu comprises an archipelago of 83 islands extending over 1,000 kilometres in the Coral Sea. The majority of Vanuatu’s 263,000 people live in rural areas. The widely dispersed population makes service delivery challenging, with one third of people lacking access to basic services.
Australia is an important economic partner for Vanuatu, with strong tourism and trade links. The Australian Government also supports economic development, education and health initiatives in Vanuatu.