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On a large island in the Pacific Ocean lies the city of Nouméa, the capital of New Caledonia, which is the peripheral territory of France. It has an ocean port that takes iron ore, copper, and nickel from the city. The city has a nickel smelting operation.

Nouméas territory occupies a high elevation near the east-east corner of New Caledonia. The northwest and northwest sides of the city are approached by the borders of Dumaguá. The northeastern and eastern sides of Nouméa are adjacent to that of Monon Dora.

In 1851, an Englishman named James Proudhon established a settlement in the vicinity of the present city. ×Three years later, the French established a village not far from him by moving to this part of the island from northern Balauda. It was originally named Port de France, but was renamed Nouméa in 1866. At first it was the seat of the administrative committee. This led to the creation of a gold and nickel refining center, with deposits discovered right next to each other. During World War II, the U.S. Army stationed in Nouméa in the South Pacific. Its where the citys cultural and business people live and work. Not far away is the center of Djibouti, the Nouméa social organization. One of the most popular cultural institutions in the capital, the Territorial Museum houses exhibits relating to the archaeology and ethnology of the Oceania. They are housed in buildings designed in a central architectural style. The botanical gardens and landscaped parks with their assortment of varied species attract attention. The aquarium in the city contains many molluscs and many different kinds of fish. The bottom of the reservoir is lined with corals. Interesting and informative exhibits are provided by the Museum of Geology and the Museum of Marine History. Noumémaît is decorated by the Loule Temple, the Fontaine de la Céleste and the Cathedral of Saint-Joseph.

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  • Air quality: 20 US AQI Good. Air quality is satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.
  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Non-religious
  • Population: 100,000 people
  • GDP: $34,641 / year
  • Power outlets: 230V50Hz
  • Internet: 3 Mbps
  • Best wireless: OPT
  • Tipping: Tipping is not customary in New Caledonia. Feel free to round up the bill at a restaurant or in a taxi, although it’s not expected.
  • Apartments: Airbnb
  • Hotels:
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  • Best coffee 24/7: Le Caravan
  • Best coffee: Nouvata
  • Best hospital: Clinique Kuino-magnin
  • Best short-haul air carrier: Qantas
  • Best intl air carrier: Qantas
  • Monthly costs for expat: $3400
  • Monthly costs for family: $8500
  • Monthly costs for local: $2400
  • Meal: $31
  • Small Cola: $5
  • Beer 1 Pint: $13
  • Coffee: $10

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