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Tuvalu comprises nine coral islands and is, by population, the smallest member of the United Nations. The population has, however, more than doubled since 1980 and was estimated to have reached approximately 11 149 in 2010. About 32.0% are in the 0-14 year age group, 62.7% in the 15-64 year age group and 5.3% are 65 years or older. The population growth rate is estimated at 0.5% (2010), and the crude birth rate at 22.9 per 1000 population. The total fertility rate was estimated at 3.2 in 2009.

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