Country Summary



Samoans settled Niue in about A.D. 900, followed by Tongans around 1500.  In 1889, tribal chiefs asked the UK for protectorate status, which was granted in 1900. In 1901, Niue was annexed to New Zealand as part of the Cook Islands. Niue became self-governing in 1974, in free association with New Zealand, which is responsible for its defense and foreign affairs.



total: 260 sq km
land: 260 sq km
water: 0 sq km


tropical; modified by southeast trade winds

Natural resources

arable land, fish

People and Society


2,000 (July 2022 est.)

Ethnic groups

Niuean 65.4%, part-Niuean 14%, non-Niuean 20.6% (2017 est.)


Niuean (official) 46% (a Polynesian language closely related to Tongan and Samoan), Niuean and English 32%, English (official) 11%, Niuean and others 5%, other 6% (2011 est.)


Ekalesia Niue (Congregational Christian Church of Niue - a Protestant church founded by missionaries from the London Missionary Society) 61.7%, Church of Jesus Christ 8.7%, Roman Catholic 8.4%, Jehovah's Witness 2.7%, Seventh Day Adventist 1.4%, other 8.2%, none 8.9% (2017 est.)

Population growth rate

-0.03% (2021 est.)


Government type

parliamentary democracy


name: Alofi

Executive branch

chief of state: King CHARLES III (since 8 September 2022); represented by Governor-General of New Zealand Cindy KIRO (since 21 October 2021); the UK and New Zealand are represented by New Zealand High Commissioner Helen TUNNAH (since July 2020)
head of government: Premier Dalton TAGELAGI (since 10 June 2020)

Legislative branch

description: unicameral Assembly or Fono Ekepule (20 seats; 14 members directly elected in single-seat constituencies by simple majority vote and 6 directly elected from the National Register or "common roll" by majority vote; members serve 3-year terms)


Economic overview

upper-middle-income self-governing New Zealand territorial economy; massive emigration; postage stamps, small-scale agricultural processing, and subsistence farming; depends on New Zealand subsidies; EU preferential market access not utilized

Real GDP (purchasing power parity)

$10.01 million (2003 est.)

Real GDP per capita

$5,800 (2003 est.)

Agricultural products

coconuts, taro, fruit, sweet potatoes, tropical fruit, yams, vegetables, lemons, limes, bananas


handicrafts, food processing


$201,400 (2004 est.)

Exports - partners

Indonesia 92%, South Korea 5% (2019)

Exports - commodities

tanker ships, fruit juice, thermostats, textiles, measurement devices/appliances (2019)


$9.038 million (2004 est.)

Imports - partners

New Zealand 43%, United Kingdom 30%, Japan 22% (2019)

Imports - commodities

hydraulic engines, ships, refined petroleum, cars, plastics (2019)

Exchange rates

New Zealand dollars (NZD) per US dollar -
1.416 (2017 est.)

Page last updated: Tuesday, January 10, 2023