Top Travel Questions – Answered

What country speaks Tongan?

TongaTonga. It has around 187,000 speakers and is a national language of Tonga.

What nationality is Tongan?


The vast majority of the population identify as ethnic Tongans (97% as of 2016) and are of Polynesian descent. Thus, they are ethnically related to Samoans, Tuvaluans and more distantly related to Māori and native Hawaiians.

Who speaks Tonga?

Tongan speaking countries

Country Region Official language
Tonga Polynesia yes
American Samoa Polynesia no

How do Tongans say hello?

The typical verbal greeting in Tonga is ‘Malo e lelei‘ (Hello). Visitors may be greeted with ‘Talitali fiefia’ (Welcome).

Is Tonga near Australia?

Destination Tonga, a virtual guide to the Polynesian kingdom formerly known as the Friendly Islands, an archipelago of more than 170 islands in the South Pacific Ocean south east of Fiji, south of Samoa, 2,000 km north east of Auckland, NZ and 3,280 km east of Brisbane, Australia.

Is Tonga in New Zealand?

Located in Oceania, Tonga is an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, directly south of Samoa and about two-thirds of the way from Hawai’i to New Zealand.

Is Tonga a part of Australia?

The Kingdom of Tonga is a Polynesian country that lies to the south of Samoa, southeast of Fiji and north east of New Zealand. The Tongan archipelago is comprised of 176 islands, 36 of which are inhabited by a population of approximately 106,000.

Is Tonga a Maori?

History. Both New Zealand and Tonga belong to the Polynesian Triangle and the native Māori people of New Zealand share genetic and cultural similarities with the people of Tonga.

Is Tonga in Africa?

Tonga, Bantu-speaking people who inhabit the southern portion of Zambia and neighbouring areas of northern Zimbabwe and Botswana. Numbering more than one million in the early 21st century, the Tonga are concentrated along the Zambezi Escarpment and along the shores of Lake Kariba.

Where is Tonga from Hawaii?

Located in Oceania, Tonga is a small archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, directly south of Samoa and about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand.
Geography of Tonga.

Continent Pacific Ocean
Region Oceania
Coordinates 20°S 175°W
Area Ranked 174th
• Total 747 km2 (288 sq mi)

Is Tonga a poor country?

The poverty rate in Tonga is 22.1 percent; in other words, one out of every five Tongans lives below the poverty line. Among the eight nations in the Pacific region, Tonga has the third lowest poverty rate, proceeded by the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

Is America helping Tonga?

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional $2.5 million in humanitarian assistance to support people affected by volcanic eruptions and tsunami waves in Tonga.

What country owns Tonga?


The Kingdom of Tonga was a protected state of the United Kingdom until 1970. It is the South Pacific’s last Polynesian kingdom, a constitutional hereditary monarchy.

Is Tonga part of the US?

Port at Vava’u Island, Tonga. Tonga’s total land area is dispersed between latitudes 15° and 23° S and longitudes 173° and 177° W. The capital, Nuku’alofa, is on the island of Tongatapu. Tonga is a member of the Commonwealth and of the United Nations.

Do white people live in Tonga?

Tongans, a Polynesian group with a very small mixture of Melanesian, represent more than 98% of the inhabitants. The rest are European, mixed European, and other Pacific Islanders. There also are about 500 Chinese. More than two-thirds of the population of the Kingdom of Tonga live on its main island, Tongatapu.

What is Tongan culture?

Tongans place a high value on ‘loto to’ (humility). Everyone is expected to be humble, including the king. Some common practices of humility include self-deprecatory speech. Parents also avoid praising their children for accomplishments as a way to promote humility in the family.

Who rules Tonga now?

Tupou VI

Tonga’s current king, Tupou VI, traces his line directly back through six generations of monarchs.

Who is the Tongan royal family?

The House of Tupou descended from three ancient Dynasties: Tu’i Tonga, Tu’i Ha’atakalaua and Tu’i Kanokupolu, and is a continuation of the Tu’i Kanokupolu Dynasty. The present monarch, King TUPOU VI has succeeded his eldest brother, His Late Majesty King George TUPOU V who passed away in March 2012.