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This page is about many aspects of the islands nation of Kiribati. Get information about the Gilbert Islands, Line Islands, and the Phoenix Islands in their diversity: geography, economy, science, people, culture, environment, government and history.
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Republic of Kiribati

Country Profile

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The independent republic of Kiribati consists of a chain of islands in the Pacific Ocean straddling the equator, about one-half of the way from Hawaii to Australia.
It includes three major island groups - Gilbert Islands, Line Islands, and Phoenix Islands.
Formerly part of the British Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony, the Ellice Islands became the independent nation of Tuvalu in 1978, the Gilbert Islands were granted self-rule by the UK in 1971 and complete independence in 1979 under the new name of Kiribati.

related countries: Australia, New Zealand, Tuvalu, United Kingdom, United States

other Micronesian islands: Guam, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau

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Official Name:
Republic of Kiribati
short form: Kiribati
note: pronounced keer-ree-bahss
former: Gilbert Islands

ISO Country Code: ki

Local Time = UTC +12h
Actual Time: Fri-Feb-23  15:05
Note: on 1 January 1995, Kiribati proclaimed that all of its territory lies in the same time zone as its Gilbert Islands group (GMT +12) even though the Phoenix Islands and the Line Islands under its jurisdiction lie on the other side of the International Date Line.

Country Calling Code: +686

Capital City: (South) Tarawa (in Gilbertese and English: Teinainano Urban Council or abr. TUC) capital and main island of the Gilbert Group (pop. 30 000)

Type: Republic - parliamentary democracy.
Self rule granted by UK - 1971
Independence: 12 July 1979 (from United Kingdom).
Constitution: 12 July 1979.
US relinquished all claims to the sparsely inhabited Phoenix and Line Island groups in a 1979 treaty of friendship with Kiribati.

Location: Oceania, Central Pacific Ocean.
Area: 726 kmĀ² (280 sq. mi.) in 32 atolls and one island.
Terrain: Archipelagos of low-lying coral atolls surrounded by extensive reefs.

Maritime equatorial to tropical, dry season from May through October, rainy season from November through April.

Nationality: Noun and adjective--I-Kiribati (for both singular and plural).
Population: 100,000 (2012; UN estimate)
Ethnic groups: Micronesian 98%, some Polynesian.
Religion: Roman Catholic 53%, Kiribati Protestant 39%.
Languages: English (official), Gilbertese/I-Kiribati (de facto).

Natural resources: Phosphate (commercially viable phosphate deposits were exhausted at the time of independence in 1979).

Agriculture - products: Copra, taro, pandanus, breadfruit, sweet potatoes, vegetables; fish.

Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)

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Official Sites of Kiribati

Honorary Consulate-General of the Republic of Kiribati
Japan; provides Kiribati profile and Visa Information.

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.

Kiribati Statistics Office
Official Kiribati Statistics.


Map of Kiribati
A map of Kiribati.

Google Earth Google Earth Kiribati (Gilbert Islands)
Searchable map and satellite view of the Gilbert Islands.
Google Earth Google Earth Kiribati (Christmas Island)
Searchable map and satellite view of Christmas Island.

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

Kiribati News

The CocoNET Wireless
Australia based Pacific Islands News and Information.
Pacific Islands Report
Pacific Islands related News.
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Arts & Culture

Pacific Islands Radio
Music from the South Pacific islands.
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Business & Economy

Telecom Services Kiribati Limited
The national Telecommunications service provider.

Country Guides

Kiribati National Tourism Office
The Kiribati Tourism Official Website.

South Pacific Tourism Organisation
Inter-governmental body for the tourism sector in the South Pacific Islands, find information on: accommodation, activities, online bookings and news.

The Banabans
The Banabans inhabitants of the Banaba island are the 'Forgotten People of the Pacific'.
Jane's Kiribati Home Page
Comprehensive information on the islands group of Kiribati.
Tourism (Hotel), Transport and Business Info about Kiribati and Tarawa.
Kiribati and Christmas Island
A page about the islands group.
Kiribati Images
Site in Japanese with images of Kiribati landscapes and people.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


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

ACIAR - Country: Kiribati
About the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research program in Kiribati.

Banaban Environmental Issues relating to Phosphate Mining
Issues of what phosphate mining has done to not only Banaba Island, but also the Banaban people.

Water Resource Conflicts in Tarawa
An UNESCO report.

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


The Banaba History
History of the cold-blooded exploitation of Banaba island's rich deposits of phosphate of lime until 1979 and the consequences for the inhabitants of Banaba (Ocean Islands).

Battle of Tarawa - The Battle for Betio
American and Japanese servicemen's Perspective of the Battle of Tarawa in November 1943.

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Other island territories and states in the South Pacific:
American Samoa | Fiji| New Caledonia| Papua New Guinea| Samoa
Solomon Islands | Tahiti | Tonga | Tuvalu | Vanuatu