Tokelau Geography - 2021


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Oceania, group of three atolls in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand

Geographic coordinates

9 00 S, 172 00 W

Map references



total: 12 sq km

land: 12 sq km

water: 0 sq km

country comparison to the world: 241

Area - comparative

about 17 times the size of the National Mall in Washington, DC

Land boundaries

total: 0 km


101 km

Maritime claims

territorial sea: 12 nm

exclusive economic zone: 200 nm


tropical; moderated by trade winds (April to November)


low-lying coral atolls enclosing large lagoons


highest point: unnamed location 5 m

lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m

Natural resources


Land use

agricultural land: 60% (2018 est.)

arable land: 0% (2018 est.)

permanent crops: 60% (2018 est.)

permanent pasture: 0% (2018 est.)

forest: 0% (2018 est.)

other: 40% (2018 est.)

Irrigated land

0 sq km (2012)

Total renewable water resources

0 cubic meters (2017 est.)

Population distribution

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

Natural hazards

lies in Pacific cyclone belt

Geography - note

consists of three atolls (Atafu, Fakaofo, Nukunonu), each with a lagoon surrounded by a number of reef-bound islets of varying length and rising to over 3 m above sea level

NOTE: The information regarding Tokelau on this page is re-published from the 2021 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency and other sources. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Tokelau 2021 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Tokelau 2021 should be addressed to the CIA or the source cited on each page.

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