- Majuro; 25,000
- 181 square kilometers (70 square miles)
- English, Marshallese, Japanese
- Christian (mostly Protestant)
- U.S. Dollar
- Life Expectancy:
- GDP per Capita:
- U.S. $1,600
- Literacy Percent:
Marshall Islands Facts Flag
Tropical islands in the western Pacific, the Marshall Islands form two parallel island groups—the Ratak (sunrise) Chain and Ralik (sunset) Chain. These atolls, reefs, and islets include Kwajalein, test range for U.S. missiles and home to the world's largest lagoon, and Enewetak, where the United States exploded the first hydrogen bomb in 1952. Bikini Atoll is still uninhabitable because of past nuclear tests. In 1986 the former trust territory became self-governing in free association with the United States, which is responsible for its defense and foreign affairs.
- Industry: Copra, fish, tourism, craft items from shell, wood, and pearls
- Agriculture: Coconuts, tomatoes, melons, taro; pigs
- Exports: Copra cake, coconut oil, handicrafts, fish
—Text From National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition
See How the Phoenix Islands Have Bounced Back From a Rare Bleaching Disaster
Scattered about the world's largest ocean, the legendary islands of the South Pacific are a wonder to travelers, full of beautiful sights and fascinating cultures.
How could a Neolithic people with simple canoes and no navigation gear colonize hundreds of far-flung islands scattered across the Pacific?
2014 Traveler Photo Contest
See all the winning images from the 2014 Traveler Photo Contest.