Vanuatu, the country of happiness

What is the happiest country in the world? If there is an answer to that, it has to be Vanuatu, at least is what ensures a study by the Foundation New Economics of Great Britain. You think it took a long time to recognize that Vanuatu, an independent country since 1980, has in its favor so many positive parameters. First, It has numerous beaches where no one goes the same day that occurs to you.. You can be the provisional owner of many waves, the captain of rivers full of freshwater prawns, and the head of some palm trees under which the coconut crabs nest, always jealous of those nuts that break with their claws and eat with delight . They don't give you anything, but they don't bite you either.

The Republic of Vanuatu is a country located in the South Pacific Ocean. The archipelago is located about 1,750 km east of Australia, 500 km northeast of New Caledonia, west of Fiji and south of the Solomon Islands. Its colonial name was New Hebrides; this name is only used for historical references.


The jungles of vanuatu they are never full of vipers or lions, but all the more of some flying foxes, which are appetizing grilled for those who like this delicacy. All this and more with the due permission of the native people of Vancouver, but they do not care at all about the fantasies of others while they have, at around six in the afternoon, an appointment with the kava, the juice of a slightly narcotic root, of legal use throughout the country, which serves them to fully enter the time of the ancestors, that is, in a time even much happier than the current one, which does not fall short either.


The economy is based mainly on subsistence or small-scale agriculture, which supplies 65% of the population. Fishing, foreign banking financial services, the registration of merchant marine vessels, the sale of international fishing licenses (Vanuatu is a member of several regional fishing committees) and tourism (with 50,000 visitors in 1997), banking licenses off -shore and the formation of international companies are other sources of economy. In Vila Port is the Reserve Bank and the Property Registry. There are no mineral deposits and the country has no oil deposits. A small industrial sector supplies the local market. The taxes come mainly from the imports of products and the VAT (VAT), since Vanuatu does not have income or people tax, being considered one of many tax havens.

Almost a thousand different languages ​​are spoken in Vanuatu, which means one of the greatest linguistic riches on this planet. On a small island like Malekula there are 35 languages (some with only a dozen speakers) and up to 80 dialects. No wonder some understand the language of dugongs and volcanoes.

Glamorous Vanuatu: 'The happiest place on Earth' (September 2020)


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