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Where is Kiribati?
The Republic of Kiribati is an island nation located in the central tropical Pacific Ocean.
What is the capital of Kiribati?
Tarawa is the capital of Kiribati. It is an atoll in the central Pacific Ocean. (an atoll is a coral island).

What is the largest city in Kiribati?
South Tarawa is the largest city in Kiribati. It has a population of 40,311.

How big is Kiribati?
Kiribati is a small island nation covering an area of 313 square miles. According to the 2010 census, the island had an estimated population of 103,500.

What are the ethnic groups in Kiribati?
Kiribati is ethnically diverse. Micronesians is the largest ethnic group in the island nation. There are also small numbers of Fijians, Samoans, and Tongans in Kiribati.

What are the administrative divisions of Kiribati?
Kiribati is divided into three island groups, including a group which unites the Line Islands and the Phoenix Islands. The three island groups are: Gilbert Islands, Phoenix Islands, and Line Islands.

Who are the political leaders of Kiribati?
The government of Kiribati is a parliamentary republic.
President - Anote Tong
Vice President - Teima Onorio

What official currency is used in Kiribati?
What is the official language of Kiribati?
English is the official language of the island nation, Kiribati. However, Gilbertese is the most commonly spoken language in the island. Gilbertese is an Oceanic language.

What is the official religion of Kiribati?
The official religion of Kiribati is Christianity with Roman Catholicism being the largest denomination followed by Protestantism, and Seventh-day Adventists. There are also a few adherents of the Bahai faith and Islam.

What is the economy of Kiribati like?
Kiribati is one of the least developed and poor countries in the world. In 2010, the gross domestic product (PPP) was estimated at $618 million, while the per capita was $6,209.

Fishing and tourism are the major industries. The country exports fish, seaweed, shark fins, coconut, and copra. Malaysia, Australia, Fiji, Belgium, Japan, France, New Zealand, United States, Korea, China, Denmark, and Thailand are the major trading partners.

When is the national day of Kiribati celebrated?
The national day of Kiribati is celebrated on July 12. The day is celebrated every year to mark the country's independence from the United Kingdom on July 12, 1979.

Last Updated : December 05, 2013

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