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Destination Northern Mariana Islands, a virtual travel guide to the islands Saipan, Tinian and Rota. Find information on Marianas' culture, history and geography. Get key information on the islands's economy, education, environment, population, and government.

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Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

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The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) is a group of 14 islands in the North Pacific Ocean along the Mariana Trench the deepest location on earth.
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Ferdinand Magellan, discoverer by trade, claimed the islands for Spain in 1521. As usual, the following seizure by Spanish colonists was definitly much of a disadvantage for the local inhabitants the Chamorro, they have been almost wiped out. Some centuries later the islands were sold by Spain to Germany in 1899 and remained under the German flag until 1914 when the Japanese moved against the Germans, forced them out and virtually annexed the Islands into the Empire. The islands came under US administration as part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific. Today the islands with their cultural and historical attractions, world class golf courses, luxury hotels, tropical jungles and colorful underwater reef life, are a destination for vacation trips.

related countries: Germany, Japan, Spain, USA

geograhically relative close to: Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines

other Micronesian islands: Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau

Official Name:
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
short form: Northern Mariana Islands
abbreviation: CNMI
former: Mariana Islands District (Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands)

ISO Country Code: mp

Local Time = Time zone: Chamorro Standard Time (ChST) UTC +10h
Actual Time: Wed-July-24  01:37

Country Calling Code: +1 670

Capital: Saipan (on the island Saipan)

Type: Commonwealth in political union with the US; self-governing with locally elected governor.
Chief of state: The incumbent U.S. President.

Location: Oceania, group of islands in the North Pacific Ocean and the Philippine Sea along the Mariana Trench, north of Papua New Guinea and east of the Philippines.
Area: 477 kmĀ² (184 sq. mi.)
Terrain: The northern islands are of volcanic origin, active volcanoes on Pagan and Agrihan, the southern islands are lacustrine limestone fringed by coral reefs.

Climate: Tropical marine, dry season from December to June, rainy season from July to October.

Population: 54,000 (2010 census)
Ethnic Groups: Chamorro, Carolinians and other Micronesians
Religions: Christian (Roman Catholic majority, although traditional beliefs and taboos may still be found)
Languages: Chamorro, Carolinian, English
note: 86% of the population speaks a language other than English at home.
Literacy: 97%

Natural resources: Aarable land, fish.

Agriculture products: Coconuts, fruits, vegetables; cattle.

Industries: Tourism, construction, garments, handicrafts.

Exports partners: USA

Imports partners: USA, Japan

Currency: US dollar $ (USD)

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Official Sites of Northern Mariana Islands

Government of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
The CNMI Government site.

CNMI Attorney General's Office
Attorney General of the CNMI

CNMI House of Representatives
House member and staff directories, a discussion board, and full text of house bills and resolutions are available.

The CNMI Senate
Senate of the Northern Mariana Islands.

U.S. Embassies around the world
U.S. representations in foreign countries, links to the American embassies.


Northern Mariana Islands map
Map of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Google Earth Google Earth Northern Mariana Islands
Searchable map/satellite view of Northern Mariana Islands.

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


Marianas Variety
Local and Pacific Islands news.
Saipan Tribune
CNMI's first daily newspaper.
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Arts & Culture

Northern Mariana Islands Museum of History & Culture.
Shows archaeological materials, historic artifacts and cultural objects reflecting the influence of the many ethnic groups.


Business & Economy

Department of Commerce
CNMI Government Dept. of Commerce.

Commonwealth Development Authority
Information on Investing in the CNMI, Annual Reports, Loan Information, and much more.
Saipan, Tinian and Rota - Business and Travel Directory.

Destination Northern Mariana Islands - Country Guides

Visit Marianas
Visitor Information on the islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota by Marianas Visitors Authority.
The CNMI Guide
Information on the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Saipan, Tinian and Rota.
Island Happenings, dates of events and holidays that occur throughout the year in the CNMI.
Jane's Saipan
Jane Restures's Saipan guide.
Saipan Sucks
Another point of view on Saipan and the other Northern Mariana islands.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


Northern Marianas College
NMC has facilities on Saipan, Tinian, and Rota and offers classes in Liberal Studies, Business, Education, Corrections, Nursing, Film and much more.
Northern Mariana Islands Council for the Humanities
The mission of the NMI Council for the Humanities is to foster awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the humanities through support of educational programs that relate the humanities to the indigenous cultures and to the intellectual needs and interests of the people of the Commonwealth.

Environment & Nature

Coastal Resources Management
CRM program was established in order to promote the conservation and wise development of coastal resources.
The Mariana Trench
The deepest part of the earth's oceans, and the deepest location of the earth itself.
South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
The Pacific region's major intergovernmental organisation charged with protecting and managing the environment and natural resources.


The CNMI Guide - The History of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana islands
CNMI history from prehistoric period to present times.

Additional Information on Northern Mariana Islands

Open Directory Project: Northern Mariana Islands

Wikipedia: Northern Mariana Islands

The World Factbook -- Northern Mariana Islands

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