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Marshall Islands

Updated: Sep 28, 2022

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Country Name

The Marshall Islands or The Republic of the Marshall Islands.


Is an island country located near the equator in the Pacific Ocean, The islands share maritime boundaries with the Federated States of Micronesia to the west, Wake Island to the north, Kiribati to the southeast, and Nauru to the south.



Reason For Naming

The Marshall Islands were named after a British captain, John Marshall (also known as William Marshall), who, with the help of another captain, Thomas Gilbert, who owned islands near the Marshall Islands, named the Gilbert Islands, explored an archipelago in 1788 when he was being transported to New South Wales.


The current Marshall Islands flag was adopted on May 1, 1979, when the islands were self-governing. The 24 radios in the white star symbolize 24 constituencies in the Marshall Islands, while the four large radars point to the four main regions of the Marshall Islands (Majuro, Jaluit, Wotje, and Ebeye). Blue symbolizes the Pacific Ocean, White symbolizes the Ratak Chain, which means sunrise. White also symbolizes peace, Orange symbolizes the Ralik Chain, which means "sunrise". Orange also symbolizes courage and success.


The official language of the Marshall Islands is Marshallese, which is similar to the Micronesian languages. The closest languages to the Marshallese language are the other Micronesian languages such as Nauruan and Chuukese. Marshallese language is divided into Ralik and Ratak dialects. Ralik is mainly spoken by residents of the western Ratak Chain while Ratak is spoken by the residents of the eastern Ratak Chain. The two dialects differ mainly lexically but are mutually intelligible. Other Languages Spoken In The Marshall Islands English, Spanish, American, Japanese, and other Pacific Islanders languages.