Updated at 2023-05-31
The Republic of the Marshall Islands established formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan in 1998. Its people are friendly and enthusiastic as only the inhabitants of the tropics can be. The handicrafts industry has always been one of the top three industries in terms of output value. The main sources of income for residents are copra and handicrafts. Local women have exquisite craftsmanship. They draw on local resources such as the fibers of coconut trees and pandanus trees and collect materials from the seaside such as shells. They then weave materials into bags, baskets, ornaments, fans, and other handicrafts. Each island has its own unique weaving techniques. The necktie in the image was made by weaving shells. It is a very popular handicraft.
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