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New Caledonia
Capital:
Noumea
Population:
213,679 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
Settled by both Britain and France during the first half of the 19th century, the island was made a French possession in 1853. It served as a penal colony for four decades after 1864. Agitation for independence during the 1980s and early 1990s has dissipated.
Government type:
NA
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $3.158 billion (2003 est.)
Internet users:
60,000 (2003)
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