An island country of the western Pacific Ocean north of Fiji. Organized as a British protectorate in 1892, the islands became part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony in 1916 and achieved independence in 1978. Funafuti is the capital.
Country consisting of a group of nine islands in the WC Pacific: a British protectorate since 1892, it became independent & a member of the Commonwealth (1978): 10 sq mi (26 sq km); cap. Funafuti.
A small, poor island country located in the western Pacific Ocean.Tuvalu comprises nine lowlying coral atolls with a total land mass of about 10 square miles, and the highest point of land is approximately 16 feet above sea level.The main wild animals are rats, lizards, and turtles.The only source of water is rainwater, which is collected in catchment basins. Exports include copra, i.e., dried coconut meat, and postage stamps. In terms of population (estimated at 11,810 as of July 2006),Tuvalu is the smallest member of the United Nations. Its closest neighbors are the Fiji Islands and Samoa, both of which are about 650 miles away. In April 2000, the country of Tuvalu licensed its .tv Internet top level domain (TLD) to Dot TV Corp., a California-based company since acquired by VeriSign, in a deal that guarantees Tuvalu a payment of at least $4 million per year for at least ten years. Tuvalu also received a significant minority position in Dot TV. D ot TV markets .tv as a master portal for TV-related content providers, commanding fees in the range of $25 to $100,000 for Web site registrations.The Tuvalu philatelic bureau issued a series of four stamps to commemorate the .tv deal. The population enjoys little in the way of modern conveniences or infrastructure, as the country is listed by the United Nations as one of the least developed in the world. So, a TLD is of relatively little value to the citizens of Tuvalu. In fact, there is great concern among the citizens of Tuvalu that, if global warming continues at the current pace, the entire nation will be under water within 50 years or so. See also Internet, portal, TLD, and WWW.