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Tuvalu is a small island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, about halfway between Hawaii and Australia. It consists of nine islands with a total land area of approximately 26 square kilometers. The country has a population of around 11,000 people and a relatively low life expectancy of 68 years due to limited access to healthcare and a high prevalence of non-communicable diseases. The economy of Tuvalu is heavily reliant on fishing and copra (dried coconut meat) production, with a small amount of revenue generated from tourism. The country is vulnerable to climate change, with rising sea levels and increased frequency of extreme weather events posing a significant threat to the islands' existence.