Updated at 2022-04-25
This painting succinctly depicts Kiribati's greatest feature - the ocean. The Republic of Kiribati is a beautiful island country in the central Pacific Ocean. Although Kiribati only has a land area of roughly 800 square kilometers, the country encompasses an ocean area of 3.5 million square kilometers. Therefore, Kiribati's culture and economy are intertwined with the ocean. The surrounding waters are rich with tuna activity, making tuna a stable food for residents. Fishing license revenues account for almost half of the government's income. In addition, the world's largest marine protected area is located in Kiribati.
Flag: The Kiribati flag features a horizontal bicolor of red and blue with the yellow frigate bird flying over the rising sun. The three white wavy horizontal stripes on the lower half represent the three major archipelagos of Kiribati, and the 17 rays represent the 16 Gilbert Islands and Banaba,
National Day: July 12
Language: Kiribati and English
Area: Kiribati’s main island is 811 square kilometers, with 33 smaller islands spread across 3.6 million square kilometers of ocean. Kiribati and surrounding waters stretch roughly 4,000 km from east to west and house the world’s most extensive coral reefs. The average altitude is 2 meters above sea level.
Population: A total of 110,000 with roughly 50,000 residing in Tarawa
Religion: Catholicism and Christianity account for 60% and 30% of the population
Currency: Australian dollar