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Kiribati, officially the Republic of Kiribati, is a nation located in the Pacific Ocean, spread across 32 islands. Formerly governed by the British, Kiribati gained independence in 1979 and emerged as a stable democracy. The coral and volcanic islands of Kiribati are rich in coconut farms, sandy beaches, and lagoons. The warm tropical climate, fresh seafood, and serene landscapes make Kiribati an ideal destination for tourists.


Expat destinations in Kiribati

Demographics of Kiribati:

Ethnic groups

Micronesians (56%), Polynesians (38%), and Europes and Micromesians (6%)


Gilbertese (English)

Religion Overview

The major religions in Kiribati are Christians, including Roman Catholics, Ngruan Methodists, Bukotok Abauans, Kiribati Congregationalists, and Adventists. Additionally, there are small communities of non-Christian religions such as Baha'i and Seventh-day Adventists.

Major Religions


Kiribati's climate is tropical, with high temperatures and humidity throughout the year. The country falls under three different climate zones - tropical rainforest, tropical monsoon, and tropical savanna. The rainy season spans from November to April, while the dry season is from May to October.

Economy Overview

Kiribati's economy is dependent on fisheries, agriculture, and tourism. The country's primary export is fish, accounting for more than 60% of the GDP. Additionally, traditional handicrafts like woven mats and baskets are also exported. Some of the major companies operating in Kiribati include South Seas Mining and Kiribati Phosphate Company.

Key Industries

  • Fisheries
  • Agriculture
  • Tourism

Major Companies

  • South Seas Mining
  • Kiribati Phosphate Company

Culture and Language Overview

Kiribati's culture is vibrant and rich in history and traditions. The country hosts a variety of cultural festivals and events throughout the year, including the Kiribati Independence Day on July 12 and Christmas celebrations. Traditional handicrafts like woven mats, baskets, and woodcarvings showcase Kiribati's artistic and craftsmanship skills.

Cultural Highlights

  • Tukiā (traditional dance)
  • Te Eli MThatuke (Independence Day)
  • Aō Tungaru Wīra (Christmas Festival)]

Geography and Landmarks Overview

Kiribati is made up of 32 scattered islands stretching over an area of 811 square kilometers. The world's largest coral atoll, Kiritimati, is also a part of Kiribati. The capital city, South Tarawa, is home to a significant portion of the country's population being an urban hub. The landmarks include the Betio Cemetery, where the Battle of Tarawa took place during World War II.

Notable Landmarks

  • Betio Cemetery (World War II site)
  • Naoki Lake (Kiritimati)
  • Jokoan Island (Line Islands)

National Holidays

  • Independence Day (July 12)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Saturday
  • New Year's Day (January 1)
  • New Year's Eve (December 31)

Political Stability

Kiribati is a relatively stable parliamentary republic, with a presidential system. The current president, Taneti Maamau, assumed office in November 2019 after the general elections held in March. The most pressing issue for Kiribati is the rising sea levels that threaten the country's survival due to global warming.

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