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Tonga
Capital:
Nuku'alofa
Population:
110,237 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
The archipelago of "The Friendly Islands" was united into a Polynesian kingdom in 1845. It became a constitutional monarchy in 1875 and a British protectorate in 1900. Tonga acquired its independence in 1970 and became a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. It remains the only monarchy in the Pacific.
Government type:
hereditary constitutional monarchy
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $236 million (2001 est.)
Internet users:
2,900 (2002)
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