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The former British ruled Gilbert Islands colony, sprawling across 5 million sq km of central Pacific Ocean, had become independent in 1979 largely unnoticed. The only reason Americans wouldhave had any reason to remember the nation of 33 low-lying, nutrient-poor atolls would have been for the blood 1943 battle of Tarawa.

John Richardson writing in the Pacific Business Guide (1987).

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: Ripaberikan Kiribati (Republic of Kiribati) (pronounced Kiribas)
Head of State: President (Beretitenti) Anote Tong (BTK) (since 2003: re-elected 13 Jan 2012)
Head of government: President (Beretitenti) Anote Tong
Ruling party: Boutokan te Koaua (BTK) (Pillars of Truth) (since 2003; re-elected 28 Oct 2011)
Area: 810 square km (33 islands and atolls)
Population: 110,000 (2014)*
Capital: Bairiki (on Tarawa)
Official language: I-Kiribati, English
Currency: Australian dollar (A$) = 100 cents)
Exchange rate: A$1.43 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$1,647 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 3.80% (2014)*
GDP: US$181.00 million (2014)*
Inflation: 2.09% (2014)*
Balance of trade: -US$88.96 million (2012)
Foreign debt: US$34.00 million (2012)*
* estimated figure


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