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Total population
245,100 in Vanuatu
Regions with significant populations
English, Bislama, French, Melanesian languages
Christian (Presbyterian, Anglican, Roman Catholic), Animism
Related ethnic groups
other Melanesian peoples

Ni-Vanuatu is a demonym used to refer to all Melanesian ethnicities originating in Vanuatu. It also refers, more generally, to nationals and citizens of Vanuatu, whatever their ethnicity.[1][2][3][4]

This recent coinage builds on the particle ni, which in some indigenous languages encodes the genitive, similar to the English ‘of’. Thus Ni-Vanuatu literally means ‘of Vanuatu’.

The term is mostly used in English and French, and is hardly used in Bislama, the country’s lingua franca,[5] let alone in the indigenous languages of the archipelago.

NiVan is a commonly used abbreviation of Ni-Vanuatu.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "RAMSI Mourns Death of Senior ni-Vanuatu Police Officer". Solomon Times. 28 April 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ni-Vanuatu arrested NZ", Radio Vanuatu, March 10, 2009
  3. ^ "Des Ni-Vanuatu en final des Masters", Agence universitaire francophone, July 31, 2008
  4. ^ "Ni-Vanuatu workers employed under RSE scheme set to increase". Radio New Zealand International. February 18, 2008. Retrieved October 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ Bislama uses more commonly such phrases as man Vanuatu (“V. person” or “V. people”) or blong Vanuatu (“from V.”).