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Kiribati flag information

Description flag of Kiribati

the upper half is red with a yellow frigate bird flying over a yellow rising sun, and the lower half is blue with three horizontal wavy white stripes to represent the ocean

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Official country name

Republic of Kiribati

Short name


Local names

Republic of Kiribati (long)
Kiribati (short)

Former name

Gilbert Islands


pronounced keer-ree-bahss


I-Kiribati (singular and plural) (noun) Kiribati (adjective)

Languages spoken

I-Kiribati, English (official)



Government type



110,356 ranked 193, (data 2008)


21 of the 33 islands are inhabited; Banaba (Ocean Island) in Kiribati is one of the three great phosphate rock islands in the Pacific Ocean - the others are Makatea in French Polynesia, and Nauru. The lowest point is Pacific Ocean 0 m.


Coastline 1,143 km.

Land borders


Administrative divisions

3 units; Gilbert Islands, Line Islands, Phoenix Islands; note - in addition, there are 6 districts (Banaba, Central Gilberts, Line Islands, Northern Gilberts, Southern Gilberts, Tarawa) and 21 island councils - one for each of the inhabited islands (Abaiang, Abemama, Aranuka, Arorae, Banaba, Beru, Butaritari, Kanton, Kiritimati, Kuria, Maiana, Makin, Marakei, Nikunau, Nonouti, Onotoa, Tabiteuea, Tabuaeran, Tamana, Tarawa, Teraina)


12 July 1979 (from UK)