Head of state: Queen Elizabeth II
Head of government: Siopili Perez
Political leadership revolves around three Faipule, or village heads, who take it in turns to oversee a cabinet - the Council for Ongoing Government - for a year.
Siopili Perez took up the rotating post of Ulu or titular head of government in February 2015.
The General Fono, an assembly of elected delegates, handles local legislative affairs. It is also responsible for the territory's budget.
Each atoll has a Taupulega, or Council of Elders.
Tokelau is a non-self-governing territory and has been administered by New Zealand since 1926. The Administrator of Tokelau is appointed by the New Zealand government and is responsible for supervising the government of the territory.