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Religion in Vanuatu

Population

The population is more than 95 percent of Melanesians. In addition, Polynesians, Europeans, Micronesians and Asians. The islands are mountainous, and the population lives along the coasts. The country has only a few larger towns; the largest is the capital Port Vila (51,300 residents, 2012).

Religions of Vanuatu

Language

According to Countryaah data, Vanuatu has three official languages: bislama (an English-based pidgin language), which has the status of national language, as well as English and French. The country is probably the most linguistically fragmented population in the world. More than a hundred indigenous languages ​​are counted, all belonging to the oceanic branch of the Austronesian languages.

Religion

The country is characterized by more than 80 per cent of the population being Christian. Christianity's establishment was begun in 1839 in the southern parts by missionaries from the Cook Islands and Samoa. This work later formed the Presbyterian Church. In 1849, the New Zealand Anglican Church began training young Vanuatu for missionary work among their own. The Presbyterian Church (2007) makes up 28 percent of the population, while Anglican and Roman Catholic make up just under 15 percent each. The smaller churches include Seventh-day Adventists and the Church of Christ. The churches coordinate much work through the Vanuatu Christian Council (VCC). About 10 per cent belong to various smaller, indigenous churches and cargo cults.

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