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Interesting Facts about Kiribati

Kiribati Interesting Facts

Kiribati, officially Republic of Kiribati, is a country in Oceania. Here are some interesting facts about Kiribati:

  • Island Nation: Kiribati is an island nation consisting of 33 coral atolls and islands spread across the Pacific Ocean.

  • Pronunciation: Kiribati is pronounced as "kee-ree-bahss" or "kih-rih-bahss." It is often pronounced as "Kiribas" to match the local pronunciation.

  • Remote Location: Kiribati is one of the most remote countries in the world, located in the central Pacific Ocean.

  • International Date Line: Kiribati is divided by the International Date Line, making it straddle all four hemispheres.

  • Time Zone: The easternmost islands of Kiribati, including Kiritimati (Christmas Island), are the first to enter each new day.

  • Climate Change Vulnerability: Kiribati is highly vulnerable to climate change, with rising sea levels threatening the country's existence.

  • Clear Waters: The waters surrounding Kiribati are exceptionally clear, making it an ideal destination for snorkeling and diving.

  • Fishing Culture: Fishing is an integral part of Kiribati's culture and economy, with traditional fishing methods still practiced.

  • Copra Production: Copra, the dried meat of coconuts, is a significant agricultural product for Kiribati.

  • Gilbertese Language: The majority of the population speaks Gilbertese, an Oceanic language.

  • Unique Dancing: Kiribati has a traditional dance called the "Te Kura," characterized by rhythmic movements and storytelling.

  • Relaxed Pace of Life: Kiribati is known for its laid-back and relaxed lifestyle, reflecting the slow pace of island living.

  • South Tarawa: South Tarawa, the capital of Kiribati, is located on a narrow atoll and faces challenges of overcrowding and limited resources.

  • Traditional Medicine: Kiribati has a rich tradition of using local plants for medicinal purposes.

  • Traditional Canoes: The people of Kiribati have a long history of building and sailing traditional outrigger canoes.

  • World's Largest Marine Park: Kiribati has established the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, one of the world's largest marine protected areas.

  • Independence: Kiribati gained independence from the United Kingdom on July 12, 1979.

  • I-Kiribati: The people of Kiribati are called I-Kiribati, emphasizing their unique cultural identity.

  • Unique Flag: The national flag of Kiribati features a blue field with a gold frigatebird flying over a rising sun.

  • Pacific Island Forum: Kiribati is a member of the Pacific Islands Forum, a regional organization that promotes cooperation among Pacific island nations.


    Kiribati is an island nation located in the central Pacific Ocean and does not share land borders with any other countries. It is composed of 33 coral atolls and islands spread over a vast area of the ocean. The nearest countries to Kiribati are Marshall Islands, Nauru, Tuvalu, and Samoa.

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