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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--$70.2 million: food,
manufactured goods, machinery and transport equipment. Import
sources--Australia, Fiji, Japan, New Zealand, United States,
Currency: Australian dollar (A$).
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
Climate: Maritime equatorial or tropical.
Government of Kiribati
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'
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
Languages: English (official), Gilbertese/I-Kiribati (de
Education (2005): Adult literacy--92%.
Health (2005): Life expectancy--61.0 years. Infant mortality
Work force (2005): Labor force participation rate was 63.6%.
Subsistence workers made up 62.2%, cash workers numbered
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