The World Factbook: Background: :: Tonga - unique among Pacific nations - never completely lost its indigenous governance. The archipelagos of "The Friendly Islands" were united into a Polynesian kingdom in 1845. Tonga became a constitutional monarchy in 1875 and a British protectorate in 1900; it withdrew from the protectorate and joined the Commonwealth of Nations in 1970. Tonga remains the only monarchy in the Pacific. :: ...read more [Source: The World Factbook] Wikipedia: Tonga ([ˈtoŋa]; Tongan: Puleʻanga Fakatuʻi ʻo Tonga), officially the Kingdom of Tonga, is a Polynesian sovereign state and archipelago comprising 176 islands with a surface area of about 750 square kilometres (290 sq mi) scattered over 700,000 square kilometres (270,000 sq mi) of the southern Pacific Ocean, of which 52 are inhabited by its 103,000 people.
Tonga stretches over about 800 kilometres (500 mi) in a north-south line about a third of the distance from ...read more [Source: Wikipedia]
Expertise (alphabetical order)
Official WebsitesFalealea 'o Tonga...Ministry of Information and Communications...Ministry of Health...
Research CentresEuakafa Island Research Centre...
Libraries and ArchivesTonga Campus Library of the University of ...
Museum CollectionsAmerican Museum of Natural History...Australian Museum...Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum...
Health and Health ResearchCommonwealth Health Online...Institut of Health Metrics and Evaluation...Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS...
List of languages More on Glottolog
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Recordings at Paradisec
Administrative Areas'Eua (Island Group)
Ha'apai (Island Group)
Niuas (Island Group)
Tongatapu (Island Group)
Vava'u (Island Group)
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