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

Economy of Marshall Islands GDP (current market prices, 2008 est.): $161.7 million. Natural resources: Marine resources, including mariculture and possible deep seabed minerals. Agriculture: Products--copra (dried coconut meat); taro and breadfruit are subsistence crops. Industry: Types--copra processing, fish processing, tourism, pearl farming, handicrafts. Trade: Major trading partners--U.S., Japan, Australia, China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Taiwan. Official currency: U.S. dollar.

Geography of Marshall Islands Area: 181 sq. km. (about 70 sq. mi.) of land area scattered over 750,000 sq. mi. of the Western Pacific. Cities: Capital--Majuro (pop. 30,000 in 2008). Other towns-- Ebeye (12,000), Jaluit (1,700). Terrain: 29 low-lying coral atolls and five single islands. Climate: Tropical with a wet season from May to November.

Government of Marshall Islands Type: Parliamentary democracy in free association with the U.S. A Compact of Free Association entered into force in 1986 and an Amended Compact entered into force May 1, 2004. Independence: October 21, 1986 from the U.S.-administered UN trusteeship. Constitution: May 1, 1979. Branches: Executive--president (chief of state), cabinet. Legislative--unicameral parliament (Nitijela) and consultative Council of Iroij (traditional leaders). Judicial--Supreme Court, high court, district and community courts, traditional rights court. Political parties: United Democratic Party, United People's Party, Aelon Kein Ad (Our Islands) Party. Suffrage: Universal at age 18. Administrative subdivisions: 24 local governments.

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

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

People of Marshall Islands Nationality: Noun and adjective--Marshallese. Population (2009 estimate by RMI Government health ministry): 61,300. (Figures do not include Marshallese in the U.S., who are located primarily in Hawaii, Oregon, California, and Arkansas). Annual growth rate (2008): 2.14% (due to high annual emigration); RMI Government health ministry reported 2008 birth rate of 4.54%. Ethnic groups: 90% Marshallese, 10% estimated U.S., Filipino, Chinese, New Zealander, Australian, other Micronesian (FSM), Kiribati, Korean, and Fijian. Religions: Christian, mostly Protestant. Languages: Two major Marshallese dialects from Malayo- Polynesian family; English. Education: Literacy (2002)--98% (officially based on question, "Do you read the bible?"). Health: Infant mortality rate--(2006) 3.0% Majuro and Ebeye, 9.4% on outer atolls. Life expectancy--men 65.7 yrs.; women 69.4 yrs. Work force (2006) 25,706 of working age: 39% employed, 61% unemployed or inactive. National and local government and government enterprises--45.9%; private enterprise and non- profits--41%; USAKA and foreign embassies--13%.

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