Key: 1940  
Country:
Group: British
Volume: 15
Issued: 939 Stamps / end of 1999
  
  
 

Information
Area - 26 sq.km; Population - 10,900; Capital - Funafuti
An Independent State, group of nine islands in the Pacific ocean, northeast of
Australia. Economy mainly based on phosphate mining and production of copra.
Formerly Ellice Islands, part of GILBERT AND ELLICE ISLANDS from which it was
separated in 1976, still as a crown colony of GREAT BRITAIN (U.K.). Full independency
since October 1st, 1978 within the British Commonwealth.
First stamps issued in 1976. Indirect UPU membership since October 1st 1911 as
a British Colony, direct since February 3rd, 1981.
Separate stamps were issued between 1984-1987 for eight islands, see FUNAFUTI,
NANUMAGA, NANUMEA, NIUTAO, NUI, NUKUFETAU, NUKULAELAE, VAITUPU,
many stamps come in pairs showing Locomotives and Automobiles.
Annual output about 30.
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Inscriptions
TUVALU overprinted on stamps of Gilbert & Ellice Islands
TUVALU

Index
   TUVALU
      Crown Colony 1976-1978
      Independent 1978-
      Postage Due Stamps
      Official Stamps
 
Currency
100 Cents = 1 Dollar
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Related Countries

GILBERT AND ELLICE ISLANDS
Gilbert And Ellice Islands

GREAT BRITAIN (U.K.)
Great Britain (u.k.)

FUNAFUTI
Funafuti

NANUMAGA
Nanumaga

NANUMEA
Nanumea

NIUTAO
Niutao

NUI
Nui

NUKUFETAU
Nukufetau

NUKULAELAE
Nukulaelae

VAITUPU
Vaitupu