The Marshall Islands, officially the Republic of the Marshall Islands (Marshallese: Aolepān Aorōkin M̧ajeļ), is an island country located near the equator in the Pacific Ocean, slightly west of the International Date Line. Geographically, the country is part of the larger island group of Micronesia.
The picturesque Marshall Islands are arguably one of the most interesting places in the world to visit.
The pristine islands and their thriving coral reefs offer endless opportunities by way of water activities and outdoor recreations, with Enoko Island being a popular destination for day trips. Laura Beach, the Jaluit Atoll, and Bikini Atoll are also popular stop-offs.
|Agriculture||coconuts, cacao, taro, breadfruit, fruits; pigs, chickens.|
|Services (Including financial)||16% (2008 EST.)|
Evidence suggests that around 3,000 years ago successive waves of human migrants from Southeast Asia spread across the Western Pacific populating its many small islands. The Marshall Islands were settled by Micronesians in the 2nd millennium BC. Little is known of the islands' early history. Early settlers traveled between the islands by canoe using traditional stick charts.
The Spanish explorer Alonso de Salazar landed there in 1529. They were named by Krusenstern, after English explorer John Marshall, who visited them together with Thomas Gilbert in 1788, en route from Botany Bay to Canton (two ships of the First Fleet). The Marshall Islands were claimed by Spain in 1874.
Following papal mediation and German compensation of $4.5 million, Spain recognized Germany's claim in 1885, which established a protectorate and set up trading stations on the islands of Jaluit and Ebon to carry out the flourishing copra (dried coconut meat) trade. Marshallese Iroij (high chiefs) continued to rule under indirect colonial German administration.
On the Marshall Islands, the currency used is the United States dollar (USD). This currency is divided in 100 Cent.
|National Song||"Forever Marshall Islands"|
|Currency||United States dollar (USD)|
|GDP / GDP Rank||230 Million USD|
|GDP Growth Rate||1.9 Percent|
|GDP Per Captial||$3436 (PPP)|
< 1.0% Muslims
< 1.0% Hindus
< 1.0% Buddhists
< 1.0% Jews
< 1.0% Other Religions
Mixed Marshallese 5.9%
President – Hilda Heine
|Website||Go to the web|
|Public Debt||32.2 Percent|
|Unemployment Rate||36 Percent|
|Labor Force (Occupation)||-|