Vila VEE-lə Port Vila is the capital and largest city of Vanuatu and is on the island of Efate. Its population in the last census (2009) was 44,040, an increase of 35% on the previous census result (29,356 in 1999).
In 2009, the population of Port Vila formed 18. 8% of the country's population, and 66. 9% of the population of Efate. On the south coast of the island of Efate, in Shefa Province, Port Vila is the economic and commercial centre of Vanuatu. The mayor is Mambo Albert Sandy Daniel, of the Vanua'aku Pati, elected in January 2018; his deputy is Eric Puyo Festa, of the Grin Confederation. On March 13, 2015, Port Vila bore extensive damage from Cyclone Pam. Locally the town is most commonly referred to simply as "Vila" (with a long i sound, not like English "villa"). The name of the area is Efil in the native South Efate language and Ifira in neighbouring Mele-Fila language. Vila is a variant of these names. Ifira is a small island in Vila harbour where many of the area's traditional landowners reside. The area occupied by Port Vila has been inhabited by Melanesian people for thousands of years.