Marshall Islands

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Languages: Marshallese (official) 98.2%, other languages 1.8% (1999 census) note: English (official), widely spoken as a second language

Ethnicity/race: Marshallese 92.1%, mixed Marshallese 5.9%, other 2% (2006)

Religions: Protestant 54.8%, Assembly of God 25.8%, Roman Catholic 8.4%, Bukot nan Jesus 2.8%, Mormon 2.1%, other Christian 3.6%, other 1%, none 1.5% (1999 census)

National Holiday: Constitution Day, May 1

Literacy rate: 93.7% (1999)

Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2012 est.): $475.4 million; per capita $8,700. Real growth rate: 2.3%. Inflation: 12.9%. Unemployment: 36%. Arable land: 11.11%. Agriculture: coconuts, tomatoes, melons, taro, breadfruit, fruits; pigs, chickens. Labor force: 10,480 (2011 est); agriculture 11%, industry 16.3%, services 72.7% (2011). Industries: copra, tuna processing, tourism, craft items from seashells, wood, and pearls. Natural resources: coconut products, marine products, deep seabed minerals. Exports: $50.14 million (2011): copra cake, coconut oil, handicrafts, fish. Imports: $118.7 million (2011): foodstuffs, machinery and equipment, fuels, beverages, and tobacco. Major trading partners: U.S., Japan, Australia, China, New Zealand, Singapore, Fiji, Philippines (2004).

Communications: Telephones: main lines in use: 4,400 (2010); mobile cellular: 3,800 (2010). Broadcast media: no TV broadcast station; a cable network is available on Majuro with programming via videotape replay and satellite relays; 4 radio broadcast stations; American Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) provides satellite radio and television service to Kwajalein Atoll (2009). Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 3 (2012). Internet users: 2,200 (2009).

Transportation: Railways: 0 km. Roadways: total: 2,028 (includes 75 km of expressways). Ports and harbors: Enitwetak Island, Kwajalein, Majuro. Airports: 15 (2013).

International disputes: claims U.S. territory of Wake Island.

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