Tonga, the “Friendly Islands”, is an archipelago of over 170 islands in the South Pacific Ocean. Tonga became independent in 1970 and joined the Commonwealth of Nations. It is one of the few indigenous monarchies in the Pacific. Tonga is located right on the International Date Line and so it’s the first nation to bring in the New Year. Tongan women are reputed to be the best female jugglers in the world. tonga

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