Territoire des îles Wallis et Futuna
Telitolia o Uvea mo Futuna

Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands

Overseas collectivity of ‌France
Flag Coat of arms
Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité
La Marseillaise
Location of Wallis and Futuna
Capital Mata-Utu
Status Overseas collectivity
President of France
- From 2007 Nicolas Sarkozy
Administrator Superior
- From 2010 Michel Jeanjean
Legislature Territorial Assembly
July 29, 1961 Overseas territory
March 28, 2003 Overseas collectivity
Area 264 km²
- 2009 15,289
 Density 57.9/km²
Currency CFP franc
Flag of None.svg Colony of Wallis and Futuna Islands

The Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands is an overseas collectivity of France, located in Polynesia.


The Futuna island group was discovered by the Dutch in 1616 and Wallis by the British in 1767, but it was the French who declared a protectorate over the islands in 1842, and took official control of them between 1886 and 1888. Notably, Wallis and Futuna was the only French colony to side with the Vichy regime during World War II, a phase that ended in May of 1942 with the arrival of 2,000 American troops. In 1959, the inhabitants of the islands voted to become a French overseas territory and officially assumed this status in July 1961.[1]


The economy is limited to traditional subsistence agriculture, with about 80% of labor force earnings from agriculture (coconuts and vegetables), livestock (mostly pigs), and fishing. About 4% of the population is employed in government. Revenues come from French Government subsidies, licensing of fishing rights to Japan and South Korea, import taxes, and remittances from expatriate workers in New Caledonia.[2]

President of France

  • Nicolas Sarkozy () (January 1, 2007 - )

Administrator Superior

  • Michel Jeanjean () (July 12, 2010 - )


French Overseas Collectivities


  1. The CIA World Factbook: Introduction - Background
  2. The CIA World Factbook: Economy - Overview
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.