Tokelau People - 2023


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1,647 (2019 est.)


noun: Tokelauan(s)

adjective: Tokelauan

Ethnic groups

Tokelauan 64.5%, part Tokelauan/Samoan 9.7%, part Tokelauan/Tuvaluan 2.8%, Tuvaluan 7.5%, Samoan 5.8%, other Pacific Islander 3.4%, other 5.6%, unspecified 0.8% (2016 est.)


Tokelauan 88.1% (a Polynesian language), English 48.6%, Samoan 26.7%, Tuvaluan 11.2%, Kiribati 1.5%, other 2.8%, none 2.8%, unspecified 0.8% (2016 ests.)

note: shares sum to more than 100% because some respondents gave more than one answer on the census


Congregational Christian Church 50.4%, Roman Catholic 38.7%, Presbyterian 5.9%, other Christian 4.2%, unspecified 0.8% (2016 est.)

Age structure

0-14 years: NA

15-64 years: NA

65 years and over: NA

Dependency ratios

total dependency ratio: 60.4

youth dependency ratio: 47

elderly dependency ratio: 13.4

potential support ratio: 7.5 (2021)

Population growth rate

-0.01% (2019 est.)

Birth rate


Death rate

(2021 est.)

Net migration rate

-3.84 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2021 est.)

Population distribution

the country's small population is fairly evenly distributed amongst the three atolls


urban population: 0% of total population (2023)

rate of urbanization: 0% annual rate of change (2020-25 est.)

total population growth rate v. urban population growth rate, 2000-2030

Sex ratio


Infant mortality rate

total: NA

male: NA

female: NA

Life expectancy at birth

total population: NA

male: NA

female: NA

Total fertility rate

(2021 est.) NA

Contraceptive prevalence rate


Drinking water source

improved: urban: 0% of population

rural: 99.7% of population

total: 99.7% of population

unimproved: urban: 0% of population

rural: 0.3% of population

total: 0.3% of population (2020 est.)

Current health expenditure


Physicians density


Sanitation facility access

improved: urban: N/A

rural: 100% of population

total: 100% of population

unimproved: urban: N/A

rural: 0% of population

total: 0% of population (2020 est.)

Children under the age of 5 years underweight


Currently married women (ages 15-49)

52% (2023 est.)

Education expenditures



total population: NA

male: NA

female: NA

NOTE: The information regarding Tokelau on this page is re-published from the 2023 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency and other sources. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Tokelau 2023 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Tokelau 2023 should be addressed to the CIA or the source cited on each page.

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