Tuvalu Population, People, Languages and Religions

By | January 21, 2022

Tuvalu Country Overview

Where is Tuvalu located? The island state of Tuvalu is located in the Pacific Ocean. Before gaining independence from Britain in 1987, the archipelago was called the Ellice Islands. The time zone assigned to Tuvalu by the time zone map is called “Tuvalu Time”. In this world time zone there is a time shift of +12 hours to world time. This difference also remains in summer, since there is no time changeover to daylight saving time.

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Population Distribution

As of 2023, the latest population of Tuvalu is 11,342, based on our calculation of the current data from UN (United Nations).

Total population 11,342
Population growth rate 0.87%
Birth rate 23.70 births per 1,000 people
Life expectancy
Overall life expectancy 65.47 years
Men life expectancy 63.36 years
Women life expectancy 67.67 years
Age structure
0-14 years 29.32%
15-64 years 64.40%
65 years and above 6.28%
Median age 25.20 years
Gender ratio (Male to Female) 0.97
Population density 436.23 residents per km²
Urbanization 55.20%
approx. 96% Polynesians and Melanesians; approx. 1500 Tuvaluans abroad, mainly in New Zealand
Church of Tuvalu (Congregationalist) 97%, Adventists 1.4%, Baha’i 1%, Others 0.6%

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People in Tuvalu

Only 11,500 people live on the nine islands of Tuvalu, as many as in a larger village or a small town here. Only in Vatican State do fewer people live. However, the population density is quite high, because the land mass is very small.

Most of the people, 50 out of 100, live on the main atoll, Funafuti. Many also live abroad, most of them emigrated to the island of Nauru. 96 out of 100 come from Polynesia, so they are Polynesians. 4 out of 100 are Micronesians.

29 out of 100 people are under 14 years old, 65 out of 100 between 15 and 64 years of age and only 5 out of 100 are over 64 years old. That’s what the statistics say.

Languages in Tuvalu

The languages ​​used are English and Tuvaluspoken. Both languages ​​are official languages ​​in Tuvalu.

Religions in Tuvalu

97 out of 100 people are Protestants and mostly members of the Church of Tuvalu, i.e. the Church of Tuvalu. There are also some Catholics and members of the so-called Baha’i religion.