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Countries of the World: Kiribati
Resources about Kiribati including maps, facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, and economy.

Economy of Kiribati GDP (2010 est.): $152 million. GDP per capita (2010 est.): $1,522. GDP composition by sector (2008): Services 66.1%, agriculture 26.4%, industry 7.5%. Industry: Types--tourism, copra, fish. Trade (2007): Exports--$9.8 million: fish, seaweed, shark fins. Export markets--Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, United States, Australia, Belgium, Denmark. Imports--$70.2 million: food, manufactured goods, machinery and transport equipment. Import sources--Australia, Fiji, Japan, New Zealand, United States, China, Taiwan. Currency: Australian dollar (A$).

Geography of Kiribati Area: 719 sq. km (266 sq. mi.) on 32 atolls and one island. Cities: Capital--Tarawa (pop. 30,000). Terrain: Archipelagos of low-lying coral atolls surrounded by extensive reefs. Climate: Maritime equatorial or tropical.

Government of Kiribati Type: Republic. Independence (from United Kingdom): July 12, 1979. Constitution: July 12, 1979. Branches: Executive--president (head of state and government), vice president, cabinet. Legislative--unicameral House of Assembly. Judicial--Court of Appeal, High Court, Magistrates' Courts. Major political parties: Parties are only very loosely organized--Boutokaan Te Kaua, Maneaban Te Mauri (Protect the Maneaba), Maurin Kiribati Pati.

Map of Kiribati This Map of Kiribati shows the borders of the country, as well as rivers, and cities including Tarawa the capital of Kiribati. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)

Official Name of Kiribati The Official Name of Kiribati is the Republic of Kiribati. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)

People of Kiribati Nationality: Noun and adjective--I-Kiribati (for both singular and plural, pronounced "ee-keer-ah-bhass"). Population (2010 est.): 100,835. Age structure (2010 est.)-- 35.2% under 15; 5.59% over 60. Population growth rate (2010 est.): 1.8%. Ethnic groups: Micronesian 99%. Religion: Roman Catholic 55%, Kiribati Protestant 36%, other 9%. Languages: English (official), Gilbertese/I-Kiribati (de facto). Education (2005): Adult literacy--92%. Health (2005): Life expectancy--61.0 years. Infant mortality rate (2007)--46/1,000. Work force (2005): Labor force participation rate was 63.6%. Subsistence workers made up 62.2%, cash workers numbered 13,133.

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