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Vanuatu

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Vanuatu is a Y-shaped archipelago of more than 80 islands, located north of New Caledonia and west of Fiji. Widely known for its role as an offshore financial centre, Vanuatu remains one of the lowest taxed countries in the world. Copra is the most important cash crop, accounting for 39% of the country's export while the beef industry and real estate investment have proved to be successful, nascent ventures.

Tourism is the cornerstone of the economy, and has been successful in attracting large numbers of cruise ships, with around 133 vessels arriving in 2013. Vanuatu's natural and rugged beauty has also been a drawcard for the filming of two seasons of the reality TV show Survivor as well as a recent Jackie Chan film. Vanuatu also has one of the world's most accessible volcanoes. In 2006 Vanuatu was voted the "Happiest Place on Earth" and again in 2010, Vanuatu was voted for the second time, as "World's Happiest Country" by Lonely Planet. Last year, The Havannah Resort located in the island of Efate again was named as finalist in the "Conde Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence" for being the Most Excellent Romantic Hideaway and Most Excellent Small Resort in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Pacific Islands.

The telecommunications sector has also seen significant growth and Vanuatu has recently signed a deal connecting the country with the high capacity Southern Cross undersea cable. Scheduled for completion by the end of 2013, this new system will deliver efficient and cost-effective Internet connectivity, while strengthening Vanuatu's competitive position as a potential e-business hub.

Vanuatu's national airline, Air Vanuatu, celebrating 25 years of service in 2013, operates domestic and international flights to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Auckland, Noumea, Nadi, Suva and Honiara.

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