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KIRIBATI
 
   
   
 

Kiribati Identity Card

Country name:
~ conventional long form: Republic of Kiribati
~ conventional short form: Kiribati
 
Area: 811 sq km
Coastline: 1,143 km
Highest point: unnamed location on Banaba 81 m
Population: 103,092
Density: 127/km2
Population growth rate: 2.25%
Languages: I-Kiribati and English
Religions: Roman Catholic 52%, Protestant 40%, others 8%
Government type: republic
Capital: South Tarawa
GDP - per capita: $800
Inflation rate: 2.5%
Currency (code): Australian dollar (AUD)
Vehicle Country Id-Code: KIR
ISO CODE Alpha2: KI
ISO CODE Alpha3: KIR
ISO NUMERIC CODE: 296
Calling code: +686
Internet country code: .ki
Time Zone: + 12.0 H

 
 
 
 

Kiribati brings you the luxury to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of an unspoilt tropical paradise. Walk along the beautiful beaches while soaking up the spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean or for a cultural experience, take the ferry trip to the small islands and enjoy the hospitality and unique way of life here; opportunities are galore in Kiribati. Located near the equator amidst the central tropical Pacific Ocean, this island nation comprises of total 32 atolls and one island of Banaba. Sprinkled over an area of 3,500,000 sq km, Kiribati consists of the Gilbert, Phoenix and Line groups of islands. One amusing fact about these islands is that each of the groups is situated in three separate hemispheres. The raised-coral islands of Kiribati were once a rich source of phosphates and were mined out regularly before its independence on July 12, 1979.
Kiribati, also known as the Gilbert Islands, was first settled between 200 and 500 AD and after fighting out British domination, today is established as an independent republic. However, the dangerous effects of global warming is lurking over Kiribati as the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change suspects that much of the island will be submerged by rising sea levels in the next few decades.

 



 

 

 
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