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Marshall Islands

A nation of Micronesian islands in the western Pacific Ocean, located well northeast of Indonesia

Country Fact Sheet
Capital Majuro
Surface 181 sq kms
Currency US Dollar
GDP Purchasing power parity - $115 million
GDP/Capita (PPP) - $2,900
Language Marshalleese, English
Religion Christian
Government

parliamentary representative democratic republic

Time Zone GMT +12 hours hours GMT
Telecom Code +692
Airport

Marshall Islands International Airport (MAJ/PKMJ), Kwajalein Airport (KWA)

Driving On right hand side of the road, license required
Electrical 110V
Political Climate Stable country
Population 63174 people
History

While settled by Micronesians in the 2nd millennium BC, little is known of the early history of the islands. Spanish explorer Alonso de Salazar was the first European to sight the Marshalls in 1526, but the islands remained virtually unvisited by Europeans for several more centuries, before being visited by English captain John Marshall in 1788; the islands owe their name to him.

A German trading company settled on the islands in 1885, and they became part of the protectorate of German New Guinea some years later. Japan conquered the islands in World War I, and administered them as a League of Nations mandate.

In World War II, the United States invaded the islands (1944), and they were added to the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (including several more island groups in the South Sea).

In 1979 the Republic of the Marshall Islands was established and a Compact of Free Association with the U.S. government was signed, becoming effective in 1986. The independence was formally completed under international law in 1990, when the UN officially ended the trust given to the USA.

Local Business & Service Providers
Accommodation
» Marshall Islands Resort
Automotive services
» Hertz Car Rental
Business travel
» Expedia
Corporate incentives
Financial services
» Bank of Marsahll Islands
Financial Technology
» KPMG
Intellectual Property
» Deloitte
Legal and fiduciary
» Clyde & Co
Lifestyle
» Black Devil Disco Club
Technology
Local Radio
» 1224 AFN Kwajalein
Local Weather Forecast
» BBC Weather
» Reuters
Government Agencies
» Bank of the Marshall Islands
» Embassy of the Republic of the Marshall Islands
» Marshall Islands Government Statistics
» Marshall Islands Visitor Authority
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