Kiribati is an island country in the Pacific Ocean. It is the largest state in Oceania in terms of extent, with an area of about 5,000,000 km² covered by the ocean, but the land area is only a small fragment of it, only 811 km², in the form of 32 small islets . The country has about 100,000 inhabitants who can be proud of the official title of "land of the rising sun". taking into account the conventions that set the time zone across the planet. The Republic of Kiribati is one of the first places on Earth traversed by the first rays of the Sun every morning. The time zone is 14 hours ahead of UTC - the farthest time zone in the world.
The state comprises three groups of islands - the Gilbert Islands, the Phoenix Islands and the Line Islands. The capital of the Republic of Kiribati is South Tarawa, and the island relief is of coral and volcanic origin, the maximum altitude in the area being only 80 meters. The climate is equatorial, and vegetation is represented by tropical trees and grassy plants. Coconut and pandanus forests occupy 50% of the territory.
The island state of Kiribati is located immediately in Polynesia and Micronesia. Currently, the small country is successfully developing, despite scarce natural resources. Bemorepanda collected some interesting facts:
1. The name of the island state of Kiribati comes from the distorted English "Gilbert Islands".
2. All the islands on which Kiribati is located are atolls.
3. Kiribati covers an area of 33 atolls.
4. The highest point in Kiribati is 81 meters above sea level. It is located on Banaba Atoll.
5. On the territory of Kiribati there are two freshwater lakes and about a hundred salt ones.
6. Kiribati is a member of the United Nations.
7. Two of the atolls of Kiribati were once used for testing atomic weapons.
8. The main problems in Kiribati are overpopulation, lack of fresh water and soil erosion.
9. The total population of Kiribati is just over one hundred thousand people.
10. About 90% of the population of Kiribati are representatives of the people of the same name. Its other name is tungaru.
11. The official language of the country is English, but very few people speak it. The majority of the population speaks the Kiribati language.
12. The writing system of Kiribati is based on the English alphabet.
13. Kiribati does not have its own army.
14. There are two official currencies in the country - the Australian dollar and the equivalent Kiribatian dollar.
15. The Kiribati one dollar coin has a dodecagonal shape.
16. Stamps issued by the country are popular with philatelists around the world and are a significant source of replenishment of the state treasury.
17. Kiribati has the second largest exclusive economic zone in the Pacific Ocean - more than three and a half million square kilometers of water space.
18. Kiribati has two radio stations - a government and a private one.
19. Kiribati is the least visited country on the planet by tourists.
20. Athletes from Kiribati take part in the Olympic Games.
21. Also, the Republic of Kiribati is unique in that it is located in all hemispheres of the Earth at once. Part of Kiribati, islands
22. Phoenix is the world's largest marine reserve.
23. On one of the atolls of Kiribati there is a city called London.
24. Christmas Island, one of the Kiribati atolls, is the largest atoll in the world. He alone occupies 48 percent of the country's total land mass..
25. The Republic of Kiribati as a state appeared in 1979, having gained independence from Great Britain.
26. There is not a single river in Kiribati.
27. The only diplomatic mission in the world of the Republic of Kiribati is located on the Fiji Islands. In Russia, for example, the British consulate is in charge of Kiribati's diplomatic affairs.
28. Tarawa and others of the Gilbert group were occupied by Japan during World War II.
29. The island is slowly disappearing.
30. Most of the islands of Kiribati are low-lying coral atolls built on a submerged volcanic chain and encircled by reefs.
The Marshall Islands is a small state lost in the endless ocean. Few people in our country were closely interested in him, and it was completely in vain - this is the land of insane beauty.
The islands were discovered by the Spanish in the first half of the 16th century and were explored by British Captain John Marshall (1788), from whom they received their name. Between 1885 and 1914 they were under German protectorate, and during World War II the area was part of the Japanese first line of defense. In 1944 the islands were conquered by the Americans, who administered them until 1990, when the country gained its independence. On Bikini and Enewetak Islands, the U.S.A. they conducted nuclear experiments.
The Republic of the Marshall Islands is an island state in the Pacific Ocean, north of the Equator, between the Caroline and Hawaii archipelagos, with an area of 181 km.
The territory of the country occupies several hundred islands (32 atolls, 867 reefs), arranged in two rows: Ralik in the west and Ratak in the east.
The climate is equatorial, determining a tropical (tree) vegetation, dominated by banana and palm trees, but also a fauna rich in birds, fish.
Bemorepanda collected some more interesting facts:
1. The Republic of the Marshall Islands is actually under the control and jurisdiction of the United States.
2. The archipelago, on which the republic is spread, includes 5 islands and 29 atolls.
3. The Marshall Islands were discovered in 1526.
4. The land area of this state is about 181 square kilometers.
5. Nuclear weapons were tested on two atolls.
6. There are no nature reserves in the Marshall Islands.
7. There are paved roads only on the two largest atolls of the archipelago.
8. The maximum height of the Marshall Islands above sea level is ten meters.
9. The country gained independence only in 1983.
10. It is here, on the Kwajalein Atoll, that the world's largest lagoon is located.
11. In the northern part of the archipelago, the climate is so arid that it receives about the same amount of precipitation as in the American deserts.
12. The Marshall Islands have two official languages - Marshall and English.
13. The currency of the Republic is the US dollar.
14. 98% of the population of the islands are Marshalls.
15. The Marshall Islands maintains diplomatic relations with many countries. With Russia too.
16. Also the Marshall Islands is a member of the United Nations.
17. Subsidies from the United States and other countries account for a large share of the state
18. On the territory of the Marshall Islands there are more than two thousand kilometers of highways.
19. Internet and mobile phones are available in the two largest atolls, but they are very poorly distributed.
20. The Marshall Islands publishes two newspapers, one private and one public.
21. The country's islands are significantly distant from each other.
22. In total, the Marshall Islands is home to just over fifty thousand people.
23. The most popular sport in the country is basketball.
24. In 2008, athletes from the Marshall Islands took part in the Olympic Games for the first time, but did not take prizes.
25. There are only two hospitals in the country.
The Fiji Islands are among those countries that are rarely interested in anyone other than those who already live here. Perhaps in vain - this is a very interesting place, and it is definitely worth visiting here at least once in your life.
Fiji is one of the best known and most developed states in the Pacific, and its main islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, account for most of the land and concentrate over 90% of the total population. The island's inhabitants are a mixture of Indians, Polynesians and Malaysians and have one of the highest living standards in Oceania, although the country has suffered from ethnic conflicts at the end of the last century. The relief of these islands is volcanic, and the maximum height is on the island of Viti Levu where there is also the capital Suva (Tomaniivi peak 1,424 m high).
Bemorepanda collected top facts about Fiji Islands.
1. Over the past century and a half, the state of Fiji has changed five names.
2. The current name is the Republic of the Fiji Islands.
3. In Fiji, as many as three languages have the status of state - English, Fijian and Hindustani.
4. The country's currency is the Fijian dollar.
5. Fiji has 332 islands, of which about a third are inhabited.
6. The highest point in Fiji is Mount Tomanivi, whose peak reaches 1324 meters above sea level.
7. Due to the lack of fresh water, the Fijians collect rainwater from roofs in special tanks.
8. There are rivers and lakes on the Fiji Islands.
9. More than three and a half thousand species of various insects live here.
10. Descendants of immigrants from India make up a third of Fiji's population, there are a little less than three hundred thousand people.
11. The Armed Forces of the Republic of the Fiji Islands take part in various UN peacekeeping activities around the world.
12. The most popular sport in Fiji is rugby.
13. On Fijian dollars there is an image of the Queen of England.
14. In Fiji, it is customary to go on a visit and take some gift for the hosts with you.
15. Fun fact - sunglasses in Fiji are prohibited, as are hats. They can only be worn by leaders.
16. Tipping in Fiji can be considered disrespectful.
17. In Fiji there is a line of change of dates - the 180th meridian.
18. There are as many as 28 airports in Fiji.
19. There are highways only on two islands. Cars, respectively, too.
20. About 87% of the population lives on the two largest islands of the archipelago.
Sri Lanka is a South Asian republic located on the island of the same name. Contrary to popular stereotype, Sri Lanka is an independent state, and not part of India. However, certain similarities between these countries can still be traced, despite the fact that India was an English colony for a long time, and Sri Lanka was a Portuguese colony (however, an English one, too, but earlier).
Bemorepanda found some interesting facts:
1. The name "Sri Lanka" is translated as "Blessed Land".
2. Sri Lanka has two capitals - one official, the other de facto.
3. Sri Lanka is a bilingual country, the majority of the population here speaks two languages, Tamil and Sinhalese. Interestingly, the Sinhalese language is spoken only in this country.
4. About seven hundred and fifty species of medicinal plants grow in Sri Lanka, so traditional medicine is very popular here.
5. About 14 percent of Sri Lanka's territory is occupied by parks and reserves.
6. The most popular sport in Sri Lanka is cricket.
7. Full moon days in Sri Lanka are days off, along with Saturday and Sunday.
8. The people of Sri Lanka celebrate Christian, Muslim and Buddhist holidays with equal enthusiasm.
9. The star lotus is considered the national symbol of Sri Lanka.
10. Sri Lanka is the birthplace of the famous Ceylon tea. Because until 1872 the island of Sri Lanka was called "Ceylon".
11. By the way, this country accounts for about one tenth of the world's tea production.
12. About 70% of Sri Lankans are adherents of Buddhism.
13. Trains in Sri Lanka do not close their doors while driving. However, they travel very slowly due to their advanced age and the mediocre quality of the railroad in general.
14. Sri Lanka has approximately the same temperature all year round, plus or minus five degrees.
15. Many services for tourists in Sri Lanka are voiced excluding taxes, which will amount to about 10 percent of the amount.
16. Unlike other Asian countries, traders in Sri Lanka are extremely reluctant to bargain.
17. Ice cream and yoghurts are extremely popular in Sri Lanka, and the latter are usually sold not in plastic cups, but in clay pots.
18. Smoking in public places in Sri Lanka is prohibited and subject to a fine.
19. The official language of Sri Lanka is Sinhala.
20. Sri Lanka has a tropical maritime climate, which means it is hot and humid all year round.
The Indian state of Goa is perceived by many as heaven on earth. It is warm and inexpensive, and this is exactly what the mass of downshifters of all stripes who come here from various countries need. In many other aspects, this state compares favorably with other parts of India, although there is also an opinion that this place is already too Europeanized, and there is a lack of local flavor, which, in general, is also a fact. In any case, it is better to look at this wonderful place with your own eyes - it's worth it. Bemorepanda collected interesting facts for you.
1. Most of India for a long time was under English rule, but the state of Goa was previously owned by Portugal. Therefore, there are enough Catholics here along with Hindus, and Catholic churches have survived (see interesting facts about Portugal).
2. It is noticeably cleaner than in most other states of this vast country.
3. Prices are really low here. For some expats, $ 500 a month is enough.
4. The water temperature on the coast of Goa all year round is kept in the region of 28-30 degrees.
5. Unlike the rest of India, it is quite possible to order beef in a restaurant here. Yes, again, because there are many Catholics here who do not consider a cow a sacred animal.
6. Among all Indian states, Goa is the smallest in area.
7. The difference between the northern and southern parts of Goa is pronounced. The north is a paradise for party-goers and downshifters, and the south is full of respectable hotels, and the older and richer public generally rest here.
8. The total length of the beaches in Goa is about 100 kilometers.
9. Almost 30% of the state is covered with impassable tropical jungle.
10. Officially, more than 7 thousand licensed bars function in Goa. In fact, this number is higher - not everyone has a license.
11. It is here that Kopi Luvak coffee is produced - the most expensive sort in the world. It is made from coffee beans that have passed through the digestive tract of local animals (see interesting facts about coffee).
12. Bargaining in Goa is possible and necessary, it is a part of local life. Moreover, prices for tourists are always inflated initially, sometimes five times.
13. There are very, very, very many insects. You can escape from them in your own home only if you rent a room on a higher floor in some expensive hotel.
14. Here is the village of Morjim, which bears the unofficial title of "Russian". There are more expats from ex-USSR countries than local residents. A similar situation has emerged in recent years in the Vietnamese surfer village, Mui Ne.
15. Due to the abundance of Russian tourists, many cafes and restaurants in Goa offer Russian cuisine, but in the overwhelming majority of cases local chefs cook them, let's say, mediocre.
16. Nobody goes on foot here - everyone drives motorbikes. Those who are poorer - on bicycles. As, however, in all of India.
17. Despite the humid tropical climate, such a dangerous disease as malaria is very rare.
18. Agriculture remains a mainstay of the Goa economy, with rice, fruits (such as mango), coconuts, legumes (legumes), cashews, betel (areca nuts) and sugar cane among the most important crops. The main forest products include teak and bamboo. The state has an active fishing industry along its coast, although sustainability has been a growing concern in the 21st century. The state exports a number of agricultural goods.
19. Goa is rich in minerals. Mining began in the middle of the twentieth century and, in the following decades, emerged as a central component of the state's economy.
20. The service sector in the Goa economy has grown in importance since the end of the twentieth century. This is largely due to the rapid growth of the tourism industry.