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Kiribati

 

Kiribati officially the Republic of Kiribati is a sovereign state in Micronesia in the central Pacific Ocean. The permanent population is just over 110,000 (2015), more than half of whom live on Tarawa Atoll. The state comprises 32 atolls and reef islands and one raised coral island, Banaba. They have a total land area of 800 square kilometres (310 sq mi) and are dispersed over 3.5 million square kilometres (1.3 million square miles).

Their spread straddles both the equator and the 180th meridian, although the International Date Line goes round Kiribati and swings far to the east, almost reaching the 150°W meridian. This brings the Line Islands into the same day as the Kiribati Islands. Kiribati's easternmost islands, the southern Line Islands, south of Hawaii, have the most advanced time on Earth: UTC+14 hours.

Kiribati became independent from the United Kingdom in 1979. The capital, South Tarawa, which is now the most populated area, consists of a number of islets, connected by a series of causeways. These comprise about half the area of Tarawa Atoll.

Kiribati is a member of the Pacific Community (SPC), Commonwealth of Nations, the IMF, and the World Bank, and became a full member of the United Nations in 1999.


Photos of Kiribati

Palm Tree Fanning Island, Kiribati
Palm Tree Fanning Island, Kiribati

Parliment House, Kiribati
Parliment House, Kiribati

Presidential Residence, Kiribati
Presidential Residence, Kiribati

Atoll, Kiribati
Atoll, Kiribati

Palm Trees Abaiang, Kiribati
Palm Trees Abaiang, Kiribati


 

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