ISO 3166-2 has come out in a second edition, dated 2007-12-15. Unexpectedly, the code for Nui council was changed from
ISO 3166-2 Newsletter I-8, published on 2007-04-17, has new ISO council codes for Tuvalu. They are shown in the table below. They are the same as the codes from an early draft version, ISO/DIS 2166-2, which had not been supported.
Celvin Ruisdael helped me track down the 2002 census data for Tuvalu. I used Tuvalu's Central Statistics Division 's data, except that they show Niulakita separately from Niutao. I combined the two islands.
The Gilbert and Ellice Islands were a British protectorate at the beginning of the 20th century. The colony of Gilbert and Ellice Islands was formed on 1915-11-12, by annexing some additional island possessions to the protectorate. The Ellice Islands separated on 1975-10-01, taking the name Tuvalu. The country became fully independent exactly three years later.
"Tuvalu" is said to be Tuvaluan for "eight islands" or "cluster of eight". (In fact, there are nine inhabited islands.)
Tuvalu is divided into seven island councils and a town council.
Niutao includes the island of Niulakita (Nurakita).
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