|Full name:||Republic of Kiribati|
|Religion:||Kiribati Protestant Church, Catholic Church, Bahai'i, Christian denominations, Seventh Day Ads, Mormons|
|National Anthem:||Teirake Kaini Kiribati|
|Newspaper:||EIN News, Event Polynesia, Inside Kiribati|
|Places to Visit:||Kiritimati (Christmas) Island, Tarawa, Abaiang, Abemama, Butaritari|
|Transport:||Travel to Tarawa and Christmas Island by taking international flights. One can choose going to Kiribati via the route of Nauru through Air Nauru. One may travel to Christmas Island with the help of yacht from Honolulu,Suva and Fiji.|
|Shopping:||Shopping: Kiribati shark-tooth sword,cups from pandanus leaves, Sea-shell necklaces, Gilbertese canoes, baskets, table mats.|
Kiribati is comprised of 32 coral reefs and one chief island named as Banaba that covers a total land area of about scattered over 1,351 square miles along the equator. The islands are divided into major categories, which are as follows:
The other islands of Kiribati are made up of sands and reef rocks ascending just above the sea level. Get to see calcareous kind of rocks where rearing of food items is quite complicated. Kiritimati is the world's largest atoll, which is nestled within the Line Islands.
Location Of Kiribati
Kiribati, which is spelt as Kiribas, is known as the "smell of the sea", was previously called as the 'Gilbert Islands', and is placed along the central Pacific Ocean, lying in the midst of Hawaii and Fiji.
Flag Of Kiribati
The Kiribati flag was officially accepted during the month of July 12, 1979. The flag is designed with a golden colored frigatebird flying above the bright rising sun towards the upper side of the flag that is set within a red colored background. The lower side is marked with wavy stripes alternatively colored in blue and white, of three stripes each that denotes the serene ocean within the province along with presence of three islands namely the Gilbert, Phoenix and Line Islands. The rays emitting from the sun accounts for 17 in numbers, which relates to the country's 16 Gilbert Islands along with the previous Ocean Island named now as Banaba. The symbol of the flying frigate bird soaring above the mounting sun is derived from the coat of arms, and carries the meaning of strength and supremacy from the sea.
Climate Of Kiribati
Kiribati is known for its equatorial maritime weather conditions, where temperature varies from time to time. Kiribati is not subjected to tropical cyclones but is prone to strong winds and down pouring especially during the months of December and March. Rainfall hits the region of Kiribati quite irregularly while droughts affect the area quite oftenly. The average temperature ascends to about 28 degree Celsius, with a rise in the level of humidity though the winds coming from the easterly quarter is enough to soothe your senses. Heavy clothing is needed while traveling to this region.
Flora And Fauna Of Kiribati
Kiribati is filled with coconut palms that are surrounded with shrubs like the pandanus, pawpaw and breadfruit along with other coastal plants within the region. The Line and Phoenix Island have extensive resources of fisheries while birds rests along the Christmas Island which includes species like the petrel, tropicbirds, shearwater, frigate birds, terns, noddies and the warbler. Among the aquatic life don't miss out viewing the Spinner Dolphins, Dragon Moray, Manta, Eagle Rays, Flame Angelfish, turtles and the beautiful corals.
Kiribati witnessed its primitive settlers coming from the Southeast Asian and the Samoa provinces. The local people of the region are called as I-Kirbati where the native of Banaba converses in Gilbertese dialect thereby sharing a commonality with the I-Kiribati community. Tuvaluans community even resides within the region of Kiribati along the Tarawa Island. Kirbati being a British colony accepted English as their official language within the province.
The missionaries of American Protestant came up with the religion of Christianity thereby settling the belief within the area. Whereby about 52 percent of the residents belong to the Catholic community while the rest 40 per cent to the Congregational Protestant. Catholicism was even widespread in the northern region. The major beliefs on which the natives kept their faith on were te maka "the power" or "the magic" along with worshiping the Creator named as Nareau thereby believing in the spirits of ghosts.
Arts, Culture And Music Of Kiribati
Economy of Kiribati
As per the Gross National Product, Kiribati stands as one of the poorest state in the world. In was during the year 1979, Phosphates was exported from the area of Banaba Island, which got exhausted very soon, that created a major impact on the economic development within the country.
Presently Kiribati rests on the foreign aids and returns earned from the country's fishing permit that finances the imported needs within the state. Kiribati earns a major portion of its earnings from abroad. The country gains from the fishing authorization, development aid, employee's remittance, and from the tourism industry. Several food crops are grown within the region like bananas, breadfruit, and papaya. Coconut product copra, balances the country's financial needs to about two-thirds of the portion, which is a major source of export within the region. Goods that are exported to other countries especially to Australia are pet fish, shark fins, and seaweeds. The products that are cultivated here are copra, taro, breadfruit, sweet potatoes, vegetables and fish.