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Kiribati

The Gilbert Islands were granted self-rule by the UK in 1971 and complete independence in 1979 under the new name of Kiribati. The US relinquished all claims to the sparsely inhabited Phoenix and Line Island groups in a 1979 treaty of friendship with Kiribati.

Languages & Population

Approximate Population: 107,817 (July 2007 est.)

Nationality (Noun): I-Kiribati (singular and plural)

Nationality (Adjective): I-Kiribati

Official Language(s): English

Major Languages Spoken: English

Map of Kiribati

Country Facts

Country Name (long form): Republic of Kiribati

Country Name (short form): Kiribati

Country Name (local long form): Republic of Kiribati

Country Name (local short form): Kiribati

Name of Capital: Tarawa

UTC Time Difference (from capital): UTC+12 (17 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Countries Near by, and Bordering Kiribati: Tokelau

Land Area: 811 sq km

Comparative Area: four times the size of Washington, DC

Coastline: 1,143 km

National Holiday: Independence Day, 12 July (1979)

International Phone Code: 686

Currency Code: Australian dollar (AUD)

Internet Country Code: .ki

US Embassy Location: the US does not have an embassy in Kiribati; the ambassador to Fiji is accredited to Kiribati

US Embassy Mailing Address: the US does not have an embassy in Kiribati; the ambassador to Fiji is accredited to Kiribati

 

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