Updated at 2022-04-16
The Republic of the Marshall Islands is known worldwide for its exquisite weaving tradition. The most commonly used materials are coconut leaves and pandanus leaves. Marshallese women not only make items for daily use, but have also incorporated modern design concepts over the years, allowing these traditional art forms to become a part of daily lives in other countries. Former U.S. first lady Jacqueline Kennedy was a big fan of Marshallese woven handicrafts. She carried a Kili Bag like this one during public functions, inadvertently bringing world attention to Micronesian history and culture.
National flag: rectangular with a length to width ratio of 19:10. It was designed by Emlain Kabua, who was the first lady at the time, and adopted at the start of self-government on May 1, 1979. The flag has a blue field that represents the Pacific Ocean. The two adjacent stripes of white (representing the sunrise and peace) and orange (representing the sunset and courage) gradually widen as they radiate from the lower left corner to the upper right corner. There is a star with 24 points in the upper left corner that represents the number of constituencies. The four elongated points represent the four principal cultural centers (Majuro, Jaluit Atoll, Wotje Atoll, and Ebeye Island). The flag also shows that the Marshall Islands is located in north of the equator.
National day: May 1
Languages: Marshallese, English
Area: 181.3 square kilometers of land, 2.13 million square kilometers of territorial waters
Population: 59,190 (2020)
Currency: U.S. dollar
Government: Presidential cabinet system