Capital city Port Vila
Surface 12,190 kmĀ²
Population 305,000
Road network length 256 km
Length of highway network 0 km
First highway N/A
Motorway name N/A
Traffic drives Right
License plate code VU

Vanuatu is an island nation in Oceania, located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country is the size of a third of the Netherlands and has more than 305,000 inhabitants. See Vanuatu population density. The capital is Port Vila.

According to ABBREVIATIONFINDER, Vanuatu is an archipelago of somewhat larger islands west of Fiji, north of the French island of New Caledonia, southeast of the Solomon Islands and southwest of Tuvalu. The archipelago is located about 1,800 kilometers off the coast of Australia. The capital Port Vila is located on the island of Efate, while Espiritu Santo is the largest island. The islands are a maximum of 1,300 kilometers apart and are mountainous. Mount Tabwemasana is the highest point in Vanuatu at 1,877 meters. Most of the islands are covered with tropical rainforest.

Vanuatu has a special political history, as it was jointly governed by France and the United Kingdom. It became independent in 1980. The political situation is unstable and the region is prone to natural disasters, especially major earthquakes. The country is not very developed economically, with an income of $4,700 per inhabitant. The main economic sectors are agriculture, tourism and fishing.

Road Network

Vanuatu’s road network is not very developed, because on most islands there is only one larger core, making a road network superfluous. Traffic is on the right, one of the few island nations in Oceania where this is the case. There are no highways on Vanuatu and only some main roads are paved. There is no question of a particularly high-quality developed road network around the capital Port Vila, as this city is not very large. There are only single lane roads. The only other larger town is Luganville, located on the island of Espiritu Santo. There is only one single paved road here.

Road numbering

There is no road numbering in Vanuatu.


There is probably no signage in Vanuatu.

Vanuatu Location Map