Sanma Province

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Sanma in Vanuatu

Sanma is a province located in the Northern part of the nation of Vanuatu, occupying the nation's largest island, Espiritu Santo, which is located approximately 2,500 km northeast of Sydney, Australia. Sanam The name Sanma is derived from the initial letters of the main islands of (Espiritu) SANto and MAlo.


It has a population of 45,860[1] and an area of 4,248 km². The provincial capital is Luganville. Other centers of population include Champagne Beach, Hog Harbour, Port Olry, and Aseviah.

Sanma Provincial Day falls on 23 September annually. All Sanma Citizens including friends celebrate this special occasion where ever they are domestically or internationally.


Sanma provincial council is responsible for running the daily affairs of the province. The council is elected every four years, the party which has the vast majority of seats sets up the provincial government. The head of the provincial government is the President of Sanma province. The headquarters of the province is located in the town centre of Luganville.

Critics had blamed the provincial government for ill management of the provincial affairs during the past few years. For example, over the last few years, poor management had culminated in a considerable amount of litigations. This has therefore cost the council a fortune as regards legal fees. One of the avowed aims of this recent council at Sanma province is to ensure transparency, and good governance.[citation needed]


Flag of Sanma Province
Name Population Area in km2
Aese 0
Aore 556 58
Araki 140 2.5
Bokissa 56
Espiritu Santo 39,606 4,010
Malo 4,273 180
Malokilikili 19
Mavea 207
Tangoa 394
Tutuba 609
Sakao 0
Urelapa 0


  1. ^ 2009 Census Summary release final - Government of Vanuatu

Coordinates: 15°20′S 166°45′E / 15.333°S 166.750°E / -15.333; 166.750