New Caledonia

Region: Oceania
Capital: Noumea
Population: 256,275
Area: 18,275 km²
Currency: CFP Franc (XPF)
Languages: French, Melanesian

New Caledonia is a special collectivity of France located in the southwest Pacific Ocean, 1,210 kilometres east of Australia and 16,136 kilometres east of Metropolitan France. The archipelago, part of the Melanesia subregion, includes the main island of Grande Terre, the Loyalty Islands, the Belep archipelago, the Isle of Pines and a few remote islets. The Chesterfield Islands in the Coral Sea are also part of New Caledonia. Locals refer to Grande Terre as "Le Caillou", the stone. Wikipedia

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