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Marshall Islands

After almost four decades under US administration as the easternmost part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, the Marshall Islands attained independence in 1986 under a Compact of Free Association. Compensation claims continue as a result of US nuclear testing on some of the atolls between 1947 and 1962. The Marshall Islands hosts the US Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA) Reagan Missile Test Site, a key installation in the US missile defense network.

Languages & Population

Approximate Population: 61,815 (July 2007 est.)

Nationality (Noun): Marshallese (singular and plural)

Nationality (Adjective): Marshallese

Official Language(s): Marshallese

Major Languages Spoken: English, Marshallese

Map of Marshall Islands

Country Facts

Country Name (long form): Republic of the Marshall Islands

Country Name (short form): Marshall Islands

Country Name (local long form): Republic of the Marshall Islands

Country Name (local short form): Marshall Islands

Name of Capital: Majuro

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

Countries Near by, and Bordering Marshall Islands: Wake Island, Nauru

Land Area: 181 sq km

Water Area: 11673 sq km

Comparative Area: about the size of Washington, DC

Coastline: 370.4 km

National Holiday: Constitution Day, 1 May (1979)

International Phone Code: 692

Currency Code: US dollar (USD)

Internet Country Code: .mh

US Embassy Location: Oceanside, Mejen Weto, Long Island, Majuro

US Embassy Mailing Address: P. O. Box 1379, Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands 96960-1379


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