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Tuvalu islands







Tuvalu islands have about 8 kilometers of road



Street in front of the government building




Same point, high tide


The road after tide


Bus stop


















Funafuti airstrip


Funafuti harbor
 

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Nice pics. It is interesting to know about "the other corner in the world".


P.S. Shouldn't be the name of the thread [TV] instead of [TUV]

Let's remember that thanks to .tv they have a greater number of incomings
 

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Nice pics. It is interesting to know about "the other corner in the world".
Right. In a year, the archipelago receives no more than around 1000 tourists (There's only one hotel in Vaiaku, the capital town), making Tuvalu one of the most unknown independent country in the world.
 

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Nice pics. Were you there yourself?
Oh no, I have never been in that part of the world. But I'm interested in Tuvalu specially because there's high risk that this country will disappear soon. The highest point of the islands is 4,5 meters above the sea, and due the greenhouse effect, soon could be totally under water (it already happens when the tide is too high). The government already asked the possibility to transfert all population (around 11,000 inhabitants) to New Zealand with a special immigration permit, if this catastropher would happen. The tide is already a problem for them, cause when the seawater evaporates, it leaves salt on the ground, killing the vegetation and the cultivations
 

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Tuvalu Road is the longest road in Tuvalu, it runs from the narrow southern tip, through the main village, and up to the northern tip.


Vaiaku Market


The new Government Building in Vaiaku, Funafuti, opened in March 2005. It is the largest building in Tuvalu


Street lights arrived in 2002. The bank is on the left, the Handicraft centre on the right.


Vehicles rust quickly on Funafuti due to the salty conditions.


The Fogafale Bypass is the quickest way from Vaiaku up to Fakai Fou. It by-passes the busy villages running parallel with the airport runway.
 

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Some pictures of Tuvalu in 1978-80

Tuvalu Road before the blacktop


The road on Tegako. Now it's blacktopped


Old Government building


The airport. Grass runway with Air Pacific plane


Airport terminal


Old Handicraft Centre to the right.


Sea warf under costruction
 

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I guess some of these recent developments have been funded by selling of .tv domain names, apparently quite a big chunk of national income these days
 

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^^ It could be, better, almost surely...but not only. Another source of profit for Tuvalu are foreign relationship with not recognized countries. Tuvalu has very good diplomatic relation with Taiwan, which has the only foreign embassy in Vaiaku, and it's one of the 5 countries which recognizes South Ossetia and Abhkazia as independent state. For this Tuvalu get/got money from these states (The same was done by Nauru, in searching of founds after depletion of the phosphate mines)
 

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@Satyricon84 - Pic #10 : a left hand drive car in a small country where people drive on the left ?
 

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^^ Yes that's weird... maybe they got from Samoa, cause in 2009 Samoa changed from right-hand traffic to left-hand traffic and there was the problem of the doors of buses. So they had to change it all. Maybe Tuvalu got one used from them
 
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