Kiribati or officially The Republic of Kiribati.
It is located in the tropical central Pacific Ocean, consisting mainly of
approximately 32 islets. Kiribati does not share land borders.
The neighboring islands, however, include Fiji, Nauru, The Marshall Islands,
Samoa, French Polynesia, the Cook Islands and Tonga.
Reason for Naming
This name derives from the main archipelago that forms the nation. It was named the Gilbert Islands after the British explorer Thomas Gilbert. He sighted many of the islands in 1788 while mapping out the Outer Passage route from Port Jackson to Canton
South of Tarawa.
The Kiribati flag was adopted on July 12, 1979.
The Red Rays symbolize the sky.
The seven rays that emerge from the sun symbolize the
16 Gilbert Islands and Banaba Island.
White Wavy lines symbolize 3 groups of islands
forming the country Gilbert Island, Phoenix Island and
Blue: symbolizes the Pacific Ocean.
The people of Kiribati speak an Oceanic language called Gilbertese.
Although English is also an official language, it is not used very often outside the island capital of Tarawa
I-Kiribati is also The main language there.
Christianity is the major religion in Kiribati, having been introduced by missionaries in the 19th century.
The Baha'i Faith religion also exists in Kiribati, along with Jehovah's Witnesses.
Australian Dollar (AUD).
UTC +12 Gilbert Island Time
UTC +13 Phoenix Island Time
UTC +14 Line Islands Time
Due to its location, Kiribati exhibits a maritime climate. Temperatures range between 26-32 °C (79-90 °F) year-round, with the water temperature sitting on a comfortable year-round 28-29 °C (82-84 °F).
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