2010. Vanuatu. World Expo 2010, Shanghai, China. M/sh

2010. Vanuatu. World Expo 2010, Shanghai, China. M/sh. MNH

Vanuatu is a land of diversity and amazing contrasting beauty – from turquoise coral seas and white sandy beach islands to rain forests and fiery volcanoes, the scenery of Vanuatu defies description. Picture the gentle swaying coconut palms framing the stunning sunsets. Imagine the rugged forests of the interior trying to hide the immense cascading waterfalls. Dream of the flora and fauna panoramas with colourful birds and flowers matching another world of tropical fish and coral underwater.
Vanuatu’s Y-shaped archipelago has 83 islands and some of the most fascinating scenery and culture in the world. The 200,000 ni Vanuatu population are Melanesian and speak English, French and Bislama. The country has over 110 local languages and life is mostly based on customary village subsistence. Port Vila and Luganville however, are the two main population areas and are important to the valuable tourism industry. Other forms of national income come from exports of beef, coffee and copra.
This stamp issue, released to commemorate the attendance of Vanuatu at the World Expo in Shanghai 2010, features a land of contrasting beauty from the intriguing Snake dancers of Banks in the north to Mt. Yasur on the southern island of Tanna. It shows the amazing land divers of Pentecost,
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