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A virtual guide to the Marshall Islands. Get an overview of Marshall Islands' art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and its government.
This page offers maps, statistics, weather information, and links to sources that provide you with information about this Micronesian island nation, e.g.: official web sites of Marshall Islands, addresses of Marshallese and foreign embassies, domestic airlines, local news, city- and country guides with extensive travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more.

 
 

Republic of the Marshall Islands

Country Profile


Marshall Islands Flag
Flag of Marshall Islands

Background:
The Marshall Islands consists of 29 atolls and 5 individual islands totaling about 1,225 islands and 870 reef systems scattered over 750,000 square miles of the Central Pacific.
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 islands between 1947 and 1962.
 
Marshall Islands share maritime borders with: Kiribati, the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, and Wake Island.

related countries: USA

geograhically relative close to: Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines
 
Where in Oceania are the Marshall Islands?

Official Name:
Republic of the Marshall Islands
Local form: Aolepan Aorokin Majel
short form: Marshall Islands
abbreviation: RMI

ISO Country Code: mh

Time:
Local Time = UTC +12h
Actual Time: Mon-Sept-22  10:08

Country Calling Code: +692

Capital: Majuro (pop. 25 000).

Other Cities: Ebeye (12 000), Jaluit (1 700)

Government:
Type: Parliamentary democracy in free association with the USA.
Independence: 21 October 1986 from the U.S.-administered UN trusteeship.
Constitution: 1 May 1979.

Geography:
Location: Oceania, island chains of 29 low-lying coral atolls and 5 individual islands in the Western North Pacific Ocean.
Area: 181 kmĀ² (about 70 sq. mi.) of land area scattered over 750 000 sq. mi. of the Western Pacific.
Terrain: 29 low-lying coral atolls and five single islands.

Climate: Tropical with a wet season from May to November.

People:
Nationality: Marshallese.
Population: 54,000 (2010)
Ethnic Groups: 90% Marshallese, 10% estimated U.S., Filipino, Chinese, New Zealander.
Religions: Christian, mostly Protestant.
Languages: Two major Marshallese dialects from Malayo-Polynesian family; English (official)
Literacy: 95%

Natural resources: Coconut products, marine products, phosphate deposits, deep seabed minerals.

Agriculture products: Coconuts, tomatoes, melons, taro, breadfruit, fruits; pigs, chickens.

Industries: Copra, tuna processing, tourism, craft items from seashells, wood, and pearls.

Exports partners: USA, Japan, Australia, China (2004)

Imports partners: USA, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Fiji, China, Philippines (2004)

Currency: US dollar (USD)

 

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Official Sites of Marshall Islands

Office of the President ::
Official website of the President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Diplomatic Missions
Embassy of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, USA
The embassy provides also Marshall Islands information.
Diplomatic Missions of RMI and Consular offices in RMI
Address list of RMI missions abroad and Missions accredited to RMI.

Intergovernmental organisations
Pacific Islands Forum
Inter-governmental organization for the cooperation between the countries of the Pacific Ocean.
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
Intergovernmental organisation of the Pacific islands.

Bikini Atoll
Official site of the Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Issues Marshall Islands
Marshall Islands Nuclear Claims Tribunal
Tribunal for claims related to the US Nuclear Testing Program.

Maps

Map of Marshall Islands
Political Map of Marshall Islands.
Google Earth Google Earth Marshall Islands
Searchable map and satellite view of the Marshall Islands.
Google Earth Google Earth Majuro
Searchable map and satellite view of Marshall Islands' capital.

Map of Micronesia
Map of the Island States of Micronesia.
profile Map of Oceania and the Pacific Islands
Reference map of Australia/Oceania.

 

News

The CocoNET Wireless
Australia based Pacific Islands News and Information.
Kwajalein Hourglass
Marshall Islands related News from the US.Base.
Pacific Islands Report
A News Service Provided by Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West Center, Hawaii.
Yokwe Online
Marshall Islands portal site with news and views related to the region.
 

 

Arts & Culture

Alele Museum, Library and National Archives
Preserving the history and conserving the folk arts, traditional skills, historic accounts, oral literature and other traditions of the RMI.
The Marshallese Cultural Journey
Interviews with Bikinian islanders recollecting various tales of their history from ancient to modern times.
 

 

Business & Economy

Bank of the Marshall Islands
The Bank of Marshall Islands provides commercial banking services, located in the cities of Majuro and Ebeye.

Transportation
Airline
Air Marshall Islands
Airline of the Marshall Islands.
 
 

Destination Marshall Islands - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Marshall Islands: accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, tours and much more.

Marshall Islands Visitors Authority
RMI Tourism Information.

Marshall Islands
A guide to the Marshall Islands by Jane Resture.
RiMajol Online
Represents the People of the Marshall Islands.
RMI Photo Gallery
Pictures from the islands.
Rongelap Ecotourism
Rongelap Atoll in the Marshall Islands newest Ecotourism Resort.
Tourism Fact Sheet
Dry Marshall Islands facts.

Tourism & Lodging
Outrigger Marshall Islands Resort
Hotel, Majuro
 

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


Education

College of the Marshall Islands
Located in Majuro.
University of the South Pacific
Premier institution of tertiary education in the Pacific region, jointly owned by the governments of twelve island countries, USP is an international centre of excellence for teaching, research and consulting on all aspects of Pacific life.
University of the South Pacific Libraries
The Main Library of the University of the South Pacific based at Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji.
 
 

Environment & Nature

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
The Pacific region's major intergovernmental organisation charged with protecting and managing the environment and natural resources.
 
 

History

History of the Marshall Islands
Timetable of the islands history.
The Marshall Islands - An Electronic Library & Archive of Primary Sources
In-depth information about culture and society, environment, arts, history, health, politics and the economy of the Marshall Islands.
Micronesia Mythology Marshall Islands
People of Bikini
A Short History of the People of Bikini.
Resource Information for Researchers
Comprehensive guide to recources related to RMI, Bikini and the US Nuclear Tests, Interviews with elders, Books.
RMI Historic Preservation Office
Protecting and preserving the tangible and intangible cultural properties of the RMI.
 

Search

Marshall Islands Links
Links to RMI related sources.
yLinks
RMI links.

Additional Information about Marshall Islands

BBC News Country Profile: Marshall Islands
Background Notes: Marshall Islands

Open Directory Project: Marshall Islands
Wikipedia: Marshall Islands
The World Factbook -- Marshall Islands
 
 

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