Bislama is English-lexifier (based) Pidgin in spoken in Vanuatu. It shares a common ancestry with other Pidgins spoken in the
South-Western Pacific, most notably, Tok Pisin (Papua New Guinea) and Pijin (Solomon Islands). Bislama has the official
status of Vanuatu's National Language. English and French, the languages of the former colonial rule, are recognised as the
Nation's Official Languages.
There are over 100 different vernacular languages spoken throughout the archipelago. Given the
population of approximately 170,000, this makes Vanuatu, per capita, the most linguistically
diverse country in the world. Many of the Ni-Vanuatu are, at least, tri-lingual,
speaking their own vernacular, Bislama and either English or French.
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