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 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 flag composed of six ripples in blue and white colors, yellow sun and flying frigate. All this is placed on a red background.
The white & blue waves represents the Pacific Ocean, as well as
referencing the three island groups; Phoenix, Gilbert, and Line Islands.
The sun’s includes 17 rays which represents the former Ocean Island of
Banaba as well as the sixteen Gilbert Islands.
The frigatebird is a seabird species native to tropical and subtropical ocean environments. Its presence on the flag is thought to represent naval strength and power.
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).
Some Facts About Kiribati