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Union Islands / Tokelau
— Autonomous territory of New Zealand
Timeline: Concert of Europe
Flag of Tokelau Badge of Tokelau
Flag Coat of Arms

Motto
Tokelau Mo Te Atua (Tokelauan)
("Tokelau For the Almighty")

Anthem "Te Atua o Tokelau"
Capital
(and largest city)
Fakaofo
Other cities Fale
Language English, Tokelauan
Religion Protestantism, Catholicism, traditional religions
Demonym Tokelauan
Established 17 January 1889

The Union Islands (Tokelauan: Tokelau) are an archipelago and an autonomous territory of New Zealand, consisting of three atolls (Nukunonu, Fakaofo and Atafu) located in central Polynesia, not far from the other Neozelandese possession in the region, the Cook Islands. The islands were discovered and claimed by Great Britain during the age of great explorations in Oceania and later made into a part of New Zealand, which they still are today.

Most of the population is indigenous, and the most widely spoken language is Tokelauan, a Polynesian language: as an autonomous territory, the Union Islands are largely independent in internal affairs. The economy of the islands, which is quite modest, depends on agriculture and fishing.

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