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Careers, Jobs and Education Resources for: New Caledonia

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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 ended in the 1998 Noumea Accord, which over a period of 15 to 20 years will transfer an increasing amount of governing responsibility from France to New Caledonia. The agreement also commits France to conduct as many as three referenda between 2013 and 2018, to decide whether New Caledonia should assume full sovereignty and independence. (from the CIA)


Economic Overview

New caledonia has about 25% of the world's known nickel resources. only a small amount of the land is suitable for cultivation, and food accounts for about 20% of imports. in addition to nickel, substantial financial support from france - equal to more than 15% of gdp - and tourism are keys to the health of the economy. substantial new investment in the nickel industry, combined with the recovery of global nickel prices, brightens the economic outlook for the next several years.

Environmental Issues

Erosion caused by mining exploitation and forest fires

Government Type



224,824 (july 2008 est.)


Oceania, islands in the south pacific ocean, east of australia


Total: 19,060 sq km land: 18,575 sq km water: 485 sq km

Slightly smaller than new jersey

Country Aliases

Conventional long form: territory of new caledonia and dependencies conventional short form: new caledonia local long form: territoire des nouvelle-caledonie et dependances local short form: nouvelle-caledonie


Name: noumea geographic coordinates: 22 16 s, 166 27 e time difference: utc+11 (16 hours ahead of washington, dc during standard time)

International Disputes

Matthew and hunter islands east of new caledonia claimed by france and vanuatu

Sources: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

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