Description flag of Tuvalu
light blue with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant; the outer half of the flag represents a map of the country with nine yellow five-pointed stars symbolizing the nine islands
Tuvalu means ""group of eight,"" referring to the country's eight traditionally inhabited islands
Tuvaluan(s) (noun) Tuvalu (adjective)
Tuvaluan, English, Samoan, Kiribati (on the island of Nui)
constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy
12,177 ranked 227, (data 2008)
one of the smallest and most remote countries on Earth; six of the nine coral atolls - Nanumea, Nui, Vaitupu, Nukufetau, Funafuti, and Nukulaelae - have lagoons open to the ocean; Nanumaya and Niutao have landlocked lagoons; Niulakita does not have a lagoon. The lowest point is Pacific Ocean 0 m.