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Population (2009 est.)120,898
Religious DemographicsChristian (Free Wesleyan Church claims over 30,000 adherents)
Ethnic GroupsPolynesian, Europeans
LanguagesTongan, English

The country is an archipelago with a land area of 288 square miles and a population of 102,000. According to census data from 2006, membership by percentage of population of major religious groups was: Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga, 37.3 percent; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), 16.8 percent; Free Church of Tonga, 15.6 percent; and Roman Catholic Church, 11.3 percent. All other Christian denominations, namely the Tokaikolo Church (a local offshoot of the Methodist Church), Seventh-day Adventists, Assemblies of God, and Anglicans, account for 14 percent. The Baha'i Faith, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism together make up 4 percent and the remaining 1 percent declined to state their religious affiliation, if any.