Kiribati Population: 103,248


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The Gilbert Islands became a British protectorate in 1892 and a colony in 1915; they were captured by the Japanese in the Pacific War in 1941. The islands of Makin and Tarawa were the sites of major US amphibious victories over entrenched Japanese garrisons in 1943. 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.

21 of the 33 islands are inhabited; Banaba (Ocean Island) in Kiribati is one of the three great phosphate rock islands in the Pacific Ocean - the others are Makatea in French Polynesia, and Nauru; Kiribati is the only country in the world to fall into all four hemispheres (northern, southern, eastern, and western)
Location: Oceania, group of 33 coral atolls in the Pacific Ocean, straddling the Equator; the capital Tarawa is about half way between Hawaii and Australia
Geographic coordinates: 1 25 N, 173 00 E
Area: total: 811 sq km
land: 811 sq km
water: 0 sq km

note: includes three island groups - Gilbert Islands, Line Islands, Phoenix Islands

Size comparison: four times the size of Washington, DC
Land Boundaries: 0 km
Coastline: 1,143 km
Maritime claims: territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Climate: tropical; marine, hot and humid, moderated by trade winds
Terrain: mostly low-lying coral atolls surrounded by extensive reefs
Elevation extremes: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
highest point: unnamed elevation on Banaba 81 m
Natural resources: phosphate (production discontinued in 1979)
Land use: arable land: 2.47%
permanent crops: 39.51%
other: 58.02% (2011)
Irrigated land: NA
Natural hazards: typhoons can occur any time, but usually November to March; occasional tornadoes; low level of some of the islands make them sensitive to changes in sea level
Current Environment Issues: heavy pollution in lagoon of south Tarawa atoll due to heavy migration mixed with traditional practices such as lagoon latrines and open-pit dumping; ground water at risk
International Environment Agreements: party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Whaling
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
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Nationality: noun: I-Kiribati (singular and plural)
adjective: I-Kiribati
Ethnic groups: Micronesian 98.8%, other 1.2% (2000 census)
Languages: I-Kiribati, English (official)
Religions: Roman Catholic 55%, Protestant 36%, Mormon 3.1%, Baha'i 2.2%, Seventh-Day Adventist 1.9%, other 1.8% (2005 census)
Population: 103,248 (July 2013 est.)
Age structure: 0-14 years: 32.3% (male 16,989/female 16,355)
15-24 years: 21.2% (male 10,985/female 10,950)
25-54 years: 37.2% (male 18,486/female 19,955)
55-64 years: 5.3% (male 2,515/female 3,004)
65 years and over: 3.9% (male 1,572/female 2,437) (2013 est.)
Dependency ratios: total dependency ratio: 56.2 %
youth dependency ratio: 49.8 %
elderly dependency ratio: 6.5 %
potential support ratio: 15.5 (2013)
Median age: total: 23.2 years
male: 22.4 years
female: 24.1 years (2013 est.)
Population growth rate: 1.21% (2013 est.)
Birth rate: 22.18 births/1,000 population (2013 est.)
Death rate: 7.24 deaths/1,000 population (2013 est.)
Net migration rate: -2.86 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2013 est.)
Urbanization: urban population: 44% of total population (2010)
rate of urbanization: 1.9% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)
Major urban areas - population: TARAWA (capital) 43,000 (2009)
Sex ratio: at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
0-14 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
15-24 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
25-54 years: 0.93 male(s)/female
55-64 years: 0.85 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.64 male(s)/female
total population: 0.96 male(s)/female (2013 est.)
Maternal mortality rate: 9 deaths/100,000 live births (2008)
Infant mortality rate: total: 36.5 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 37.74 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 35.21 deaths/1,000 live births (2013 est.)
Life expectancy at birth: total population: 65.11 years
male: 62.7 years
female: 67.64 years (2013 est.)
Total fertility rate: 2.63 children born/woman (2013 est.)
Contraceptive prevalence rate: 22.3% (2009)
Health expenditures: 11.3% of GDP (2010)
Physicians density: 0.3 physicians/1,000 population (2006)
Hospital bed density: 1.4 beds/1,000 population (2010)
Drinking water source: improved:
urban: 77% of population
rural: 50% of population
total: 62% of population

urban: 23% of population
rural: 50% of population
total: 38% of population (2000 est.)
Sanitation facility access: improved:
urban: 47% of population
rural: 22% of population
total: 33% of population

urban: 53% of population
rural: 78% of population
total: 67% of population (2000 est.)
Obesity - adult prevalence rate: 46% (2008)
Education expenditures: 11.6% of GDP (2002)
School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education): total: 12 years
male: 12 years
female: 12 years (2008)
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Country name: conventional long form: Republic of Kiribati
conventional short form: Kiribati
local long form: Republic of Kiribati
local short form: Kiribati note: pronounced keer-ree-bahss
former: Gilbert Islands
Government type: republic
Capital: name: Tarawa
geographic coordinates: 0 53 S, 169 32 E
time difference: UTC+12 (17 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

note: on 1 January 1995, Kiribati proclaimed that all of its territory was in the same time zone as its Gilbert Islands group (UTC +12) even though the Phoenix Islands and the Line Islands under its jurisdiction were on the other side of the International Date Line
Administrative divisions: 3 units; Gilbert Islands, Line Islands, Phoenix Islands; note - in addition, there are 6 districts (Banaba, Central Gilberts, Line Islands, Northern Gilberts, Southern Gilberts, Tarawa) and 21 island councils - one for each of the inhabited islands (Abaiang, Abemama, Aranuka, Arorae, Banaba, Beru, Butaritari, Kanton, Kiritimati, Kuria, Maiana, Makin, Marakei, Nikunau, Nonouti, Onotoa, Tabiteuea, Tabuaeran, Tamana, Tarawa, Teraina)
Independence: 12 July 1979 (from the UK)
National holiday: Independence Day, 12 July (1979)
Constitution: 12 July 1979
Legal system: English common law supplemented by customary law
Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal
Executive branch: chief of state: President Anote TONG (since 10 July 2003); Vice President Teima ONORIO; note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government

head of government: President Anote TONG (since 10 July 2003); Vice President Teima ONORIO

cabinet: 12-member cabinet appointed by the president from among the members of the House of Parliament (For more information visit the World Leaders website )

elections: the House of Parliament nominates the presidential candidates from among its members following parliamentary elections and then those candidates compete in a general election; president elected by popular vote for a four-year term (eligible for two more terms); election last held on 13 January 2012 (next to be held in 2015); vice president appointed by the president

election results: Anote TONG 42.2%, Tetaua TAITAI 35%, Rimeta BENIAMINA 22.8%
Legislative branch: unicameral House of Parliament or Maneaba Ni Maungatabu (46 seats; 44 members elected by popular vote, 1 ex officio member - the attorney general, 1 nominated by the Rabi Council of Leaders (representing Banaba Island); members serve four-year terms)

elections: legislative elections were held in two rounds - the first round on 21 October 2011 and the second round on 28 October 2011 (next to be held in 2015)

election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - NA, other 2 (includes attorney general)
Judicial branch: highest court(s): High Court (consists of a chief justice and other judges as prescribed by the president) note - the High Court has jurisdiction on constitutional issues judge selection and term of office: chief justice appointed by the president on the advice of the cabinet in consultation with the Public Service Commission (PSC); other judges appointed by the president on the advice of the chief justice along with the PSC

subordinate courts: Court of Appeal; magistrates' courts
Political parties and leaders: Boutokaan Te Koaua Party or BTK [Anote TONG] Kamaeuraoan Te I-Kiribati Party or KTK [Tetaua TAITAI] Maurin Kiribati Pati or MKP [Rimeta BENIAMINA] note: there is no tradition of formally organized political parties in Kiribati; they more closely resemble factions or interest groups because they have no party headquarters, formal platforms, or party structures
International organization participation: ACP, ADB, AOSIS, C, FAO, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, IOC, ITU, ITUC (NGOs), OPCW, PIF, Sparteca, SPC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UPU, WHO, WMO
National symbol(s): frigatebird
National anthem: name: "Teirake kaini Kiribati" (Stand Up, Kiribati)
lyrics/music: Urium Tamuera IOTEBA

note: adopted 1979
Diplomatic representation in the US: Kiribati does not have an embassy in the US; there is an honorary consulate in Honolulu
Diplomatic representation from the US: the US does not have an embassy in Kiribati; the US ambassador to Fiji is accredited to Kiribati
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A remote country of 33 scattered coral atolls, Kiribati has few natural resources and is one of the least developed Pacific Islands. Commercially viable phosphate deposits were exhausted at the time of independence from the UK in 1979. Copra and fish now represent the bulk of production and exports. The economy has fluctuated widely in recent years. Economic development is constrained by a shortage of skilled workers, weak infrastructure, and remoteness from international markets. Tourism provides more than one-fifth of GDP. Private sector initiatives and a financial sector are in the early stages of development. Foreign financial aid from the EU, UK, US, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UN agencies, and Taiwan accounts for 20-25% of GDP. Remittances from seamen on merchant ships abroad account for more than $5 million each year. Kiribati receives around $15 million annually for the government budget from an Australian trust fund.
GDP (purchasing power parity): GDP (purchasing power parity): $636.3 million (2012 est.) $620.8 million (2011 est.) $608.6 million (2010 est.)

note: data are in 2012 US dollars
GDP (official exchange rate): GDP (official exchange rate): $173 million (2012 est.)
GDP - real growth rate: 2.5% (2012 est.) 2% (2011 est.) 1.4% (2010 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP): GDP - per capita (PPP): $6,100 (2012 est.) $6,000 (2011 est.) $6,000 (2010 est.)

note: data are in 2012 US dollars
Agriculture - products: copra, taro, breadfruit, sweet potatoes, vegetables; fish
Industries: fishing, handicrafts
Industrial production growth rate: NA%
Labor force: 7,870 note: economically active, not including subsistence farmers (2001)
Labor force - by occupation: agriculture: 2.7%
industry: 32%
services: 65.3% (2000)
Unemployment rate: 2% (1992 est.)
Population below poverty line: NA%
Household income or consumption by percentage share: lowest 10%: NA%
highest 10%: NA%
Budget: revenues: $55.52 million
expenditures: $107.1 million (2010 est.)
Taxes and other revenues: 32.1% of GDP (2010 est.)
Fiscal year: NA
Inflation rate (consumer prices): Inflation rate (consumer prices): 0.2% (2007 est.)
Current account balance: -$35.01 million (2010 est.) -$21 million (2007 est.)
Exports: $7.066 million (2010 est.) $17 million (2004 est.)
Exports - commodities: copra 62%, coconuts, seaweed, fish
Imports: $80.09 million (2010 est.) $62 million (2004 est.)
Imports - commodities: foodstuffs, machinery and equipment, miscellaneous manufactured goods, fuel
Reserves of foreign exchange and gold: $8.37 million (2010 est.)
Debt - external: $10 million (1999 est.)
Market value of publicly traded shares: $NA
Exchange rates: Australian dollars (AUD) per US dollar - 0.9658 (2011) 0.9695 (2010) 1.0902 (2010) 1.2822 (2009) 1.2059 (2008)
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Electricity - production: 21 million kWh (2009 est.) country comparison to the world: 212
Electricity - consumption: 19.53 million kWh (2009 est.)
Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (2010 est.)
Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (2010 est.)
Electricity - installed generating capacity: 6,000 kW (2009 est.)
Electricity - from fossil fuels: 100% of total installed capacity (2009 est.)
Electricity - from nuclear fuels: 0% of total installed capacity (2009 est.)
Electricity - from hydroelectric plants: 0% of total installed capacity (2009 est.)
Electricity - from other renewable sources: 0% of total installed capacity (2009 est.)
Crude oil - production: 0 bbl/day (2011 est.)
Crude oil - exports: 0 bbl/day (2009 est.)
Crude oil - imports: 0 bbl/day (2009 est.)
Crude oil - proved reserves: 0 bbl (1 January 2012 est.)
Refined petroleum products - production: 0 bbl/day (2008 est.)
Refined petroleum products - consumption: 300 bbl/day (2011 est.)
Refined petroleum products - exports: 0 bbl/day (2008 est.)
Refined petroleum products - imports: 260.8 bbl/day (2008 est.)
Natural gas - production: 0 cu m (2010 est.)
Natural gas - consumption: 0 cu m (2010 est.)
Natural gas - exports: 0 cu m (2010 est.)
Natural gas - imports: 0 cu m (2010 est.)
Natural gas - proved reserves: 0 cu m (1 January 2012 est.)
Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy: 43,690 Mt (2010 est.)
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Telephones in use: 8,500 (2011)
country comparison to the world: 201
Cellular Phones in use: 13,800 (2011)
Telephone system: general assessment: generally good quality national and international service

domestic: wire line service available on Tarawa and Kiritimati (Christmas Island); connections to outer islands by HF/VHF radiotelephone; wireless service available in Tarawa since 1999

international: country code - 686; Kiribati is being linked to the Pacific Ocean Cooperative Telecommunications Network, which should improve telephone service; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Pacific Ocean) (2010)
Broadcast media: 1 TV broadcast station that provides about 1 hour of local programming Monday-Friday; multi-channel TV packages provide access to Australian and US stations; 1 government-operated radio station broadcasts on AM, FM, and shortwave (2009)
Internet country code: .ki
Internet hosts: 327 (2012)
Internet users: 7,800 (2009)
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Airports: 19 (2013)
country comparison to the world: 137
Airports (paved runways): total 4

1,524 to 2,437 m: 4 (2013)
Airports (unpaved runways): total 15

914 to 1,523 m: 10
under 914 m: 5 (2013)
Roadways: total 670 km
Waterways: 5 km (small network of canals in Line Islands) (2012)
Merchant marine: total 77

by type: bulk carrier 7, cargo 35, chemical tanker 6, passenger 1, passenger/cargo 1, petroleum tanker 12, refrigerated cargo 15

foreign-owned: 43 (China 26, Hong Kong 2, Russia 1, Singapore 9, South Korea 1, Taiwan 2, Vietnam 2) (2010)
Ports and terminals: Betio (Tarawa Atoll), Canton Island, English Harbor
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Kiribati does not have military forces; defense assistance is provided by Australia and NZ
Military branches: no regular military forces (establishment prevented by the constitution); Police Force (2011)
Manpower available for military service: males age 16-49: 25,190 (2010 est.)
Manpower fit for military service: males age 16-49: 18,364
females age 16-49: 20,302 (2010 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually: male: 1,132
female: 1,120 (2010 est.)
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