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General information
Common nameKiribati
Local nameRibaberiki Kiribati
NameRibaberiki Kiribati
MottoTe Mauri, Te Raoi ao Te Tabomoa
( )
AnthemTeirake Kaini Kiribati
("Stand up, Kiribati")
Largest citySouth Tarawa
Official languagesEnglish, Gilbertese
GovernmentParliamentary republic
PresidentAnote Tong
Vice PresidentTeima Onorio
from United Kingdom12 July 1979
Total Area313 sq mi (810.7 km2) (186th)
Population Est.103500 (197th)
Population census103500 (2010)
Density (pop.)135.1/km2 (73rd) (350/sq mi)
GDP PPP$618 million (2010)
GDP (PPP) per capita$6,209
GDP (nominal)$147 million (2010)
GDP (nominal) per capita$1,479
Other information
HDI.515 (1998) (medium) (unranked)
CurrencyKiribati dollar
Australian dollar (AUD)
Drives on theleft
Calling code686

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Kiribati (c-enaudio=en-us-Kiribati, officially the Republic of Kiribati, is an island nation located in the central tropical Pacific Ocean. The permanent population exceeds just over 100,000 (2011), and is composed of 32 atolls and one raised coral island, dispersed over 3.5 million square kilometres, (1,351,000 square miles) straddling the equator, and bordering the International Date Line at its easternmost point.

The name Kiribati is the local pronunciation of "Gilberts", derived from the main island chain, the Gilbert Islands. The capital of South Tarawa consists of a number of islets connected through a series of causeways, located in the Tarawa archipelago. Kiribati became independent from the United Kingdom in 1979. It is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the IMF and the World Bank, and became a full member of the United Nations in 1999.

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