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13. Language

French is the official and most-spoken language in New Caledonia. The local Melanesians also have their own dialects. English is widely used in Noumea and Japanese is frequently spoken in hotels.

14. Local time

New Caledonia is 11 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+11) and does not use Daylight Saving Time.

Business hours are:

Offices: 07:30 to 11:30 and 13:30 to 18:00
Mondays to Fridays

Banks: 07.30 to 15.45
Mondays to Fridays

Noumea city centre shops are open from 08:00 to 11:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00. On Sundays, most cafes, restaurants and shops are closed. However, those on Anse Vata Bay are usually open.

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