List of sovereign states and dependent territories in Oceania

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Exclusive economic zones of the islands of Oceania and neighboring areas.

This is a list of sovereign states and dependent territories in Oceania. Although it is mostly ocean and spans many continental plates, Oceania is often listed with the continents.

This list follows the boundaries of geopolitical Oceania, which includes Australasia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. The main continental landmass of Oceania is Australia.[1]

The boundary between Asia and Oceania is not clearly defined, for political reasons, the United Nations considers the boundary between the two regions to be the Indonesian–Papua New Guineaian border.[2] Papua New Guinea is occasionally considered Asian as it neighbours Indonesia, but this is rare, and it is generally accepted to be part of Oceania. Geographically, Papua and West Papua provinces are part of Oceania.

Sovereign states[edit]

United Nations member states[edit]

This section includes all sovereign states located in Oceania that are members of the United Nations.[3] All are full members of the Pacific Islands Forum.[4]

Flag Coat of Arms / National Emblem Map English short and formal names
[5][6][7]
Domestic short and formal names[5][6] Capital
[7][8][9]
Population
[10]
Area
[11]
Flag of Australia.svg
Coat of Arms of Australia.svg Australia (orthographic projection).svg Australia[note 1]

Commonwealth of Australia
English: Australia — Commonwealth of Australia Canberra

English: Canberra
23,268,319 7,741,220 km2 (2,988,902 sq mi)
Flag of the Federated States of Micronesia.svg
Seal of the Federated States of Micronesia.svg LocationMicronesia.png Federated States of Micronesia English: Federated States of Micronesia Palikir

English: Palikir
106,487 702 km2 (271 sq mi)
Flag of Fiji.svg
Coat of arms of Fiji.svg LocationFiji.png Fiji

Republic of Fiji
English: Fiji — Republic of Fiji

Fijian: Viti — Matanitu ko Viti

Fiji Hindi फीजी/Fiji - रिपब्लिक ऑफ फीजी/ Ripablik ăph Phījī
Suva

English: Suva

Fijian: Suva

Fiji Hindi: Suva
890,057 18,274 km2 (7,056 sq mi)
Flag of Kiribati.svg
Coat of arms of Kiribati.svg LocationKiribati.png Kiribati

Republic of Kiribati
English: Kiribati — Republic of Kiribati

Gilbertese: Kiribati — Ribaberiki Kiribati
Tarawa

English: Tarawa
Bairiki

English: Bairiki
101,998 811 km2 (313 sq mi)
Flag of the Marshall Islands.svg
Seal of the Marshall Islands.svg LocationMarshallIslands.png Marshall Islands

Republic of the Marshall Islands
English: Marshall Islands — Republic of the Marshall Islands

Marshallese: Aelōn̄ in M̧ajeļ - Aolepān Aorōkin M̧ajeļ
Majuro

English: Majuro
68,480 181 km2 (70 sq mi)
Flag of Nauru.svg
Coat of arms of Nauru.svg LocationNauru.png Nauru

Republic of Nauru
English: Nauru — Republic of Nauru

Nauruan: Naoero - Repubrikin Naoero
No official Capital
Government offices are in Yaren
9,378 21 km2 (8 sq mi)
Flag of New Zealand.svg
Coat of arms of New Zealand.svg New Zealand (orthographic projection).svg New Zealand[note 2] English: New Zealand

Māori: Aotearoa
Wellington

English: Wellington
4,570,038 267,710 km2 (103,363 sq mi)
Flag of Palau.svg
Seal of Palau.svg LocationPalau.png Palau

Republic of Palau
English: Palau — Republic of Palau

Palauan: Belau — Beluu er a Belau
Ngerulmud

English: Ngerulmud

Palauan: Ngerulmud
21,032 459 km2 (177 sq mi)
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
National Emblem of Papua New Guinea.svg Papua New Guinea (orthographic projection).svg Papua New Guinea

Independent State of Papua New Guinea
English: Papua New Guinea — Independent State of Papua New Guinea

Tok Pisin: Papua Niugini — Independen Stet bilong Papua Niugini
Port Moresby

English: Port Moresby
6,310,129 462,840 km2 (178,704 sq mi)
Flag of Samoa.svg
Coat of arms of Samoa.svg LocationSamoa.png Samoa

Independent State of Samoa
English: Samoa — Independent State of Samoa

Samoan: Samoa — Malo Sa‘oloto Tuto'atasi o Samoa
Apia

English: Apia

Samoan: Apia
194,320 2,831 km2 (1,093 sq mi)
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg
Coat of arms of the Solomon Islands.svg LocationSolomonIslands.png Solomon Islands English: Solomon Islands Honiara

English: Honiara
584,578 28,896 km2 (11,157 sq mi)
Flag of Tonga.svg
Coat of arms of Tonga.svg LocationTonga.png Tonga

Kingdom of Tonga
English: Tonga — Kingdom of Tonga

Tongan: Tonga — Pule'anga Tonga
Nukuʻalofa

English: Nuku'alofa

Tongan: Nuku'alofa
106,146 747 km2 (288 sq mi)
Flag of Tuvalu.svg
Coat of arms of Tuvalu.svg LocationTuvalu.png Tuvalu English: Tuvalu

Tuvaluan: Tuvalu
Funafuti

English: Funafuti
10,619 26 km2 (10 sq mi)
Flag of Vanuatu.svg
Coat of arms of Vanuatu.svg LocationVanuatu.png Vanuatu

Republic of Vanuatu
Bislama: Vanuatu — Ripablik blong Vanuatu

English: Vanuatu — Republic of Vanuatu

French: Vanuatu — République de Vanuatu
Port Vila

Bislama: Port Vila

English: Port Vila

French: Port-Vila
256,155 12,189 km2 (4,706 sq mi)

Non-United Nations member states[edit]

The two entries in this section (Cook Islands and Niue) are states in free association with New Zealand. While maintaining a close constitutional and political relationship with New Zealand, both states are members of several United Nations specialized agencies with full treaty-making capacity, and have independently engaged in diplomatic relations with sovereign states under their own name. Both are also full members of the Pacific Islands Forum, because of these features, they are sometimes considered to have de facto status as sovereign states.[12]

Flag Coat of Arms / National Emblem Map English short and formal names[5] Status Domestic short and formal names Capital Population Area[11]
Flag of the Cook Islands.svg
LocationCookIslands.png Cook Islands[7] Self-governing in free association with New Zealand English: Cook Islands
Cook Islands Māori: Kūki 'Āirani
Avarua[7][8] 11,124[10] 236 km2 (91 sq mi)
Flag of Niue.svg
Public Seal of Niue.svg LocationNiue.png Niue[7] Self-governing in free association with New Zealand Niuean: Niuē

English: Niue
Alofi[7][8] 1,311[10] 260 km2 (100 sq mi)

Non-sovereign territories[edit]

The following are entities considered to be within Oceania which are either:

1. Federal territories of sovereign states located outside these states' mainland.

2. Territories that constitute integral parts of sovereign states in some form other than a federal relationship, where a significant part of the sovereign state's landmass is located outside Oceania or the territory is located outside the sovereign state's mainland. Many of these territories are often described as dependencies or autonomous areas.

3. Dependent territories of sovereign states.

Two of these territories (French Polynesia and New Caledonia) are associate members of the Pacific Islands Forum, while five others (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Tokelau and Wallis and Futuna) hold observer status within the organization.

Flag Coat of Arms / National Emblem Map English short and formal names[5] Status Domestic short and formal names Capital Population Area[11]
Flag of American Samoa.svg
Seal of American Samoa.svg LocationAmericanSamoa.png American Samoa

Territory of American Samoa[7]
Insular area of the United States English: American Samoa — Territory of American Samoa

Samoan: Amerika Sāmoa
Pago Pago[7][8] 67,242[10] 199 km2 (77 sq mi)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
AshmoreandCartierIslands.png Ashmore and Cartier Islands

Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands
Territory of Australia English: Ashmore and Cartier Islands Uninhabited Uninhabited 5 km2 (2 sq mi)
Flag of the United States.svg
LocationBakerIsland.png Baker Island United States Minor Outlying Island English: Baker Island Uninhabited Uninhabited 129.1 km2 (49.8 sq mi)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
Wyspy Morza Koralowego.png Coral Sea Islands

Coral Sea Islands Territory
Territory of Australia English: Coral Sea Islands — Coral Sea Islands Territory Uninhabited Uninhabited  3 km2 (1 sq mi)
Flag of Rapa Nui, Chile.svg
Escudo de la Isla de Pascua.svg Orthographic projection centred over Easter Island.png Easter Island Special territory of Chile Spanish: Isla de Pascua

Rapa Nui: Rapa Nui
Hanga Roa 6,148[13] 163.6 km2 (63 sq mi)
Flag of French Polynesia.svg
Coat of arms of French Polynesia.svg Location French Polynesia.png French Polynesia

Overseas Lands of French Polynesia[7]
Overseas country of France French: Polynésie française — Pays d'outre-mer de la Polynesie Francaise [5] Papeete[7][8] 294,935[10] 4,167 km2 (1,609 sq mi)
Flag of Guam.svg
Coat of arms of Guam.svg LocationGuam.png Guam

Territory of Guam
Insular area of the United States English: Guam — Territory of Guam

Chamorro: Guahan[5]
Hagåtña / Agaña[7][8] 183,286[14] 544 km2 (210 sq mi)
Flag of Hawaii.svg
Seal of the State of Hawaii.svg LocationHawaii.png Hawaii

State of Hawaii
State of the United States English: Hawaii — State of Hawaii

Hawaiian: Hawaiʻi — Mokuʻāina o Hawaiʻi
Honolulu 1,404,054[10] 28,311 km2 (10,931 sq mi)
Flag of the United States.svg
LocationHowlandIsland.png Howland Island United States Minor Outlying Island English: Howland Island Uninhabited Uninhabited 138.6 km2 (53.5 sq mi)
Flag of the United States.svg
LocationJarvisIsland.png Jarvis Island United States Minor Outlying Island English: Jarvis Island Uninhabited Uninhabited 152 km2 (59 sq mi)
Flag of the United States.svg
LocationJohnstonAtoll.png Johnston Atoll United States Minor Outlying Island English: Johnston Atoll Uninhabited Uninhabited 276.6 km2 (106.8 sq mi)
Flag of Chile.svg
Escudo de Juan Fernández.svg Orthographic projection centred over Juan Fernandez.png Juan Fernández Islands Special territory of Chile Spanish: Archipiélago Juan Fernández San Juan Bautista 900[10] 99.6 km2 (38.5 sq mi)
Flag of the United States.svg
Orthographic projection over Kingman Reef.png Kingman Reef United States Minor Outlying Island English: Kingman Reef Uninhabited Uninhabited 1,958.01 km2 (755.99 sq mi)
Flag of the United States.svg
Orthographic projection centred over midway.png Midway Islands United States Minor Outlying Island English: Midway Islands Uninhabited Uninhabited 2,355.2 km2 (909.3 sq mi)
Flag of FLNKS.svg
Emblem of New Caledonia.svg LocationNewCaledonia.png New Caledonia

Territory of New Caledonia and Dependencies
Sui generis collectivity of France[7] French: Nouvelle-Calédonie — Territoire des Nouvelle-Caledonie et Dependances[5] Nouméa[7][8] 256,275[10] 18,575 km2 (7,172 sq mi)
Flag of Norfolk Island.svg
Coat of Arms of Norfolk Island.svg LocationNorfolkIsland.png Norfolk Island

Territory of Norfolk Island[7]
Self-governing integral Territory of Australia English: Norfolk Island — Territory of Norfolk Island

Norfuk: Teratri of Norf'k Ailen
Kingston[7][8] 2,169[10] 36 km2 (14 sq mi)
Flag of the Northern Mariana Islands.svg
Seal of the Northern Mariana Islands.svg LocationNorthernMarianas.png Northern Mariana Islands

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands[7]
Insular area of the United States English: Northern Mariana Islands — Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Chamorro: Islas Mariånas — Sankattan Siha Na Islas Mariånas
Saipan[7][8] 46,050[10] 464 km2 (179 sq mi)
Flag of Ogasawara, Tokyo.svg
Map of ogasawara islands ja.png Ogasawara Village Part of Ogasawara Village in Tokyo, Japan Bonin Islands: Japanese: 小笠原群島 (Ogasawara Islands)
Marcus Island: Japanese: 南鳥島 (Minamitorishima)
Nishino-shima Island: Japanese: 西之島 (Western Island)
Okinotori Islands: Japanese: 沖ノ鳥島 (Okinotorishima)
Volcano Islands: Japanese: 火山列島 (Kazan Rettō)
Ōmura (大村) 2,871[15] 104.35 km2 (40 sq mi)[15]
Flag of the United States.svg
Orthographic projection over Palmyra Atoll.png Palmyra Atoll[5] United States Minor Outlying Island English: Palmyra Atoll Uninhabited Uninhabited 12 km2 (5 sq mi)
Flag of Papua.svg
Coat of arms of Papua.svg IndonesiaPapua.png Papua
Papua Province
Province of Indonesia Indonesian: Papua Jayapura 3,486,432[10] 319,036.05 km2 (123,181 sq mi)
Flag of the Pitcairn Islands.svg
Coat of arms of the Pitcairn Islands.svg Pitcairn Islands on the globe (French Polynesia centered).svg Pitcairn Islands

Pitcairn Group of Islands
British overseas territory English: Pitcairn Islands — Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands

Pitkern: Pitkern Ailen
Adamstown[7][8] 48[10] 47 km2 (18 sq mi)
Flag of Tokelau.svg
Badge of Tokelau.svg LocationTokelau.png Tokelau[7] Dependent territory of New Zealand Tokelauan: Tokelau

English: Tokelau
Each Atoll has its own administrative centre[7][8] 1,384[10] 12 km2 (5 sq mi)
Flag of the United States.svg
Great Seal of the United States (obverse).svg LocationWakeIsland.png Wake Island United States Minor Outlying Island English: Wake Island Uninhabited Uninhabited 6.5 km2 (2.5 sq mi)
Flag of Wallis and Futuna.svg Coat of arms of Wallis and Futuna.svg LocationWallisAndFutuna.png Wallis and Futuna

Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands
Overseas collectivity of France French: Wallis et Futuna — Territoire des Iles Wallis et Futuna[5] Mata-Utu[7][8] 15,398[10] 142 km2 (55 sq mi)
Flag of West Papua (vectorised).svg
Coat of arms of West Papua.svg IndonesiaWestPapua.png West Papua

West Papua Province
Province of Indonesia Indonesian: Papua Barat Manokwari 760,855[10] 140,375.62 km2 (54,199 sq mi)

See also[edit]

Oceania-related[edit]

Island countries[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Australia contains 4 external territories not associated with Oceania, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island in Asia, and the Heard and McDonald Islands and the claimed Australian Antarctic Territory in the Antarctic.
  2. ^ New Zealand also claims territory in the Antarctic as the Ross Dependency.

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