Sorin Cosoveanu sent me a link to the results of the 2014 census (source ). The document is hazy about the census date. It says that the decree takes effect the day after its publication, which would be 2015-02-02. But the authenticated populations are taken into consideration counting from 2015-01-01.
"Geopolitical Entities, Names, and Codes, Edition 2" (GENC), a U.S. standard that's supposed to correspond to ISO 3166-2, was issued on 2014-03-31. It gives codes for the three provinces. They are similar to the GEC codes shown below, except that they have hyphens in the middle. The ISO online search still doesn't list any subdivisions of New Caledonia.
GEC Update 17, dated 2014-09-30, adds codes for the three provinces. One of the names it lists is "Province Îles," which may be a mistake for "Îles Loyauté."
The status of New Caledonia was changed from overseas territory to overseas country (pays d'outre-mer) by the Nouméa agreement, adopted by Parliament on 1999-02-19.
Karem Abdalla has provided me with a spreadsheet showing the areas and 1996 populations of the provinces of New Caledonia.
|Short name||NEW CALEDONIA|
New Caledonia has been a French possession for the whole 20th century. In 1958 its status changed to territoire d'outre-mer (overseas territory). On 1959-12-27, its dependencies, the Wallis and Futuna Islands, were split from New Caledonia to become a separate overseas territory.
Caledonia is a poetic name for Scotland
New Caledonia is divided into three provinces.
New Caledonian postal codes are five-digit numbers beginning with 988, following the French system.
See the Communes of New Caledonia page.
The provinces are subdivided into 33 communes.
The UN LOCODE page for New Caledonia lists locations in the country, some of them with their latitudes and longitudes, some with their ISO 3166-2 codes for their subdivisions. This information can be put together to approximate the territorial extent of subdivisions.
1946: New Caledonia census showed the colony divided into five arrondissements, plus seven dependencies, as shown. The dependencies of Futuna and Alofi and Wallis Archipelago split from New Caledonia in 1961 to form Wallis and Futuna. Isle of Pines corresponds to l'Île des Pins commune; Loyalty Islands corresponds to Îles Loyauté province; the other dependencies are still dependencies now.
|Futuna and Alofi||d|
|Isle of Pines||d||14|
1988-11-09: New Caledonia reorganized into three provinces following a referendum. Before this date it had been divided into four provinces, formerly circonscriptions: Centre-Sud-Est (capital La Foa), Îles Loyauté, Nord, and Nouméa.
Îles Loyauté: Loyalty Islands (variant); Islas de la Lealtad (Spanish)
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