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Photos of previous Volunteerbuild Trips to Tonga

Country Profile

Population 106,017 (2021)
Border Countries Tonga is two roughly parallel chains of around 170 islands in the south-western Pacific
Capital City Nukuʿalofa
Currency The paʻanga
Language Around 98% speak Tongan the official language along with English
Religion Christian 97.6% and other 2.4%
Type of Government Constitutional monarchy
% living in poverty 27% of the population lived below the national poverty line in 2019
Life Expectancy Male: 68.42 years and Female: 73.72 years (2021)
Infectious Diseases Hepatitis A, B & C, influenza, measles, and salmonella and other food borne illnesses
Top Killers Cardiovascular disease (38%), cancers (9%), respiratory diseases (7%), diabetes (5%), and other NCDs (15%)
Literacy Adult literacy rate (% ages 15 and older) 99406% (2021)
Natural Resources Fish, fertile soil, and crops such as bananas, coffee and vanilla beans, coconuts, squash, black pepper, ginger, and copra
Agriculture The Agriculture of the Tongan Archipelago is largely based on the farming of yams, squash, and root crops
Industry Agriculture and fishing are the main industries in Tonga
Exports Agricultural exports make up two-thirds of total exports and include squash, coconuts, bananas, and vanilla beans

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