- As the name suggests, the Marshall Islands are an island country located near the equator in the Pacific Ocean; they lie almost midway between Indonesia and Hawaii and form the most easterly island group in Micronesia (a sub-region of Oceania that comprises thousands of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean).
- The coordinates are 7.0667° N, 171.2667° E.
- This country is 2,486 miles (4,000 kilometres) northeast of Australia.
- The Marshall Islands consist of 24 low-lying coral atolls and 1,156 individual islands and islets, though only 4 islands and 19 atolls are inhabited. Still, lots to explore!
- It has an approximate area of 70 square miles (181 square kilometres).
Flag of Marshall Islands
- The islands have a total coastline 229 miles (370 kilometres).
- The population in 2017 was 53,127.
- The temperature averages around 27°C (81°F) – it’s generally very hot and humid here!
- A large coral island comprising of sixty four islands called Majuro is the capital of the Marshall Islands. Majuro is the largest city in the Marshall Islands with a population of 27,797 and a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.6 square kilometres) (2011).
- The official languages are Marshallese and English.
- The US Dollar (USD) is the currency here.
- Micronesian islands were often visited, settled, colonised or occupied by the British, Germans, Russians, Americans and the Japanese.
- Commercial crops that are produced here consist of coconuts, tomatoes, melons, and breadfruit.
- Modern industries such as handicrafts, fish processing, copra, banking, and insurance are all part of the economy.
- Fish, coconut oil, and Trochus shells (pearly sea-snail shells) are the Marshall Island’s major exports; trading partners include Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Guam and the USA.
- With a huge central lagoon, the Kwajalein Atoll is the largest coral atoll on the planet!
- If you’re into your diving or snorkelling you’ll be interested to know that there’s a lot to explore; from the 800 species of fish and 160 species of coral to the numerous offshore World War II shipwrecks, the beautiful clear-blue waters that surround the Marshall Islands have something to offer everyone.
- Due to climate change and the fact that the atolls and islands are only a couple of metres above sea level, the Marshall Islands are at serious threat of a rising sea level.
- To call your friends here, you’ll need to use the international dialling code +692.
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