Port Vila was declared the national capital and the seat of the Condominium government in 1906.
The city is considered a safe and hassle free environment. Local passerbys may even wish a soft 'goodnight' or may strike up a conversation with you.
Since Vanuatu is made up of several islands, Port Vila is actually located on the island of Efate and is the only town on the island.
It is sometimes called the 'Gourmet Capital of the South Pacific' because of the different cultures of cuisine available from Mexican to Vietnamese.
In the 1920's, the original hotel in Port Vila was once a place for drunken plantation owners to gamble using their Melanesian workers as currency.
Around the 1930's, the people of Vanuatu were only allowed to live in Port Vila if they were employed there and they had a 9PM curfew.
The population of Port Vila was only about 44,040, as of 2009.
The coldest month in Port Vila is August and the hottest is February. The record low for the city is 53.6 degrees.
English and French are widespread through the city, but the day-to-day language is mostly Bislama.
Originally, Port Vila was intended to become the largest French plantation on the island but it ended up becoming the municipality of Franceville.
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