The Marshall Islands is a nation composed of 5 islands and 29 atolls in the South Pacific. The Micronesian nation is a republic, having gained its independence in 1979, but has historically been ruled and influenced by many outside governments, including Spain, Germany, Japan, and the United States. These influences have left their imprint on the Marshallese culture, though indigenous culture still plays an important role. A beautiful tourist destination, the Marshall Islands provide an assortment of Pacific recreational activities, ranging from scuba diving to sun bathing. When travelling to this Micronesian paradise, there are some interesting facts you may want to know.
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The capital of Marshall Islands
The Marshall Islands culture is centered on land. Land is a point of identification, and is passed down in a lineage through the mother. A tie to a specific piece of land includes a responsibility to the maintenance and use of the land.
Family relationships are extremely important, and highly celebrated by the Marshallese. Special family occasions are opportunities for the relatives to enjoy food and song, with birthdays being one of the most important events.
Tattoos are integral in Marshallese culture, and prior to outside influence of missionaries, all members of the culture were tattooed. Facial tattoos were reserved for the chiefs of the tribal people. The tattooing history is rich in symbolism and imagery.
There are a few small sources of industry and earning in the small nation. Agriculturally, coconuts, melons, and tomatoes are produced. The location in the Pacific makes fishing a worthwhile industry, as well. Additionally, the people create a variety of handcrafts.
The Marshall Islands were used as a testing location by the U.S. after World War II, particularly for the testing of nuclear weapons. In fact, one of the largest nuclear tests ever conducted took place in the Marshall Islands.
The currency of Marshall Islands
is the US Dollar(USD)
Flag of Marshall Islands
Marshall Islands belongs to the Oceanian continent
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Airports in Marshall Islands
Bucholz Army Air Field
Dyess Army Air Field
Marshall Islands International Airport
and Wotje Airport
Leaders of Marshall Islands
Map of Marshall Islands
Languages spoken in Marshall Islands
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Coordinates (in Latitude & Longitude) of Marshall Islands
9 00 N, 168 00 E
Kilometers of coastline
Square kilometers of land
Square kilometers of water
11,673 square kilometers
32.37 / 1000 population
4.66 / 1000 population
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