Marshall Islands

Category:   World Travel Directory  :  Oceania  :  Marshall Islands
The Marshall Islands, officially the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), is a Micronesian nation of atolls and islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, just west of the International Date Line and just north of the Equator. This nation of roughly 60,000 persons is located north of Nauru and Kiribati, east of the Federated States of Micronesia, and south of the U.S. territory of Wake Island, to which it lays claim.

Although the Marshall Islands were settled by Micronesians in the 2nd millennium BC, little is known of their early history. People traveled by canoe between islands using traditional stick charts.

The country consists of 29 atolls and 5 isolated islands. The most important atolls and islands form two groups: the Ratak Chain and the Ralik Chain (meaning "sunrise" and "sunset" chains).

The climate is hot and humid, with a wet season from May to November.  The islands occasionally suffer from typhoons. Many Pacific typhoons start in the Marshall Islands region and grow stronger as they move west toward the Mariana Islands and the Philippines.  Source

Marshall Islands Facts

Population: 62 thousand

: Majuro

Currency: United States dollar

Area: 181 km2

Language: Marshallese, English

Main Religion: Christian

Calling Code: +692

Time Zone: GMT + 12

Main Cities: Majuro, Jabor, Ine