21 interesting facts about the Marshall Islands

The Micronesian country of the Marshall Islands — Quite typical by the standards of Oceania public education. A group of islands isolated from the rest of the world, producing nothing and having practically nothing, and therefore dependent on external assistance from other countries. However, there is still something here, and it is very much appreciated by foreigners: tropical nature, amazing in its beauty.

Interesting facts about the Marshall Islands

  1. At different times, the Marshall Islands managed to be under the control of the United States, Germany and Japan. Spain never owned them, despite the fact that it was the Spanish navigator who discovered these islands for Europeans.
  2. In 1983 they became a separate state.
  3. The total land area of ​​all the Marshall Islands hardly exceeds 181 square kilometers — it is little more than the miniature state of Liechtenstein (interesting facts about Liechtenstein).
  4. The only countries bordering the Marshall Islands — The Federated States of Micronesia and Kiribati.
  5. The country consists of 34 islands, 5 of which are of volcanic origin, and the rest are coral atolls.
  6. The Marshall Islands are controlled to a certain extent by the United States, and in return the country receives financial support.
  7. The Kwajalein lagoon located here — the largest in the world.
  8. The country’s only airport is located in the capital, the city of Majuro.
  9. Global warming seriously threatens the Marshall Islands, since the highest point of the entire country lies at an altitude of 10 meters above sea level. Almost like another island nation — Tuvalu (interesting facts about Tuvalu).
  10. In the north of the Marshall Islands, about the same amount of precipitation falls annually as in the American dry prairies, despite the fact that the country is surrounded on all sides by the ocean.
  11. There are only two hospitals in the entire country.
  12. On the territory of the modern Marshall Islands, on Bikini Atoll, for the first time in history, a hydrogen bomb was tested.
  13. Only the two largest and most populated islands that make up the country have paved or paved roads.
  14. There is not a single nature reserve in the Marshall Islands.
  15. The Internet here, oddly enough, is generally quite tolerable. True, only a few of the largest islands have it.
  16. Despite the natural beauty, tourism in the Marshall Islands is still very poorly developed due to its remoteness from the rest of the world.
  17. An important source rains replenish fresh water here.
  18. Inhabitants of the Marshall Islands bury the dead right near the threshold of their house.
  19. The country does not have its own currency — American dollars are in use here.
  20. Of all the sports, basketball is the most popular here.
  21. For the first time in history, the Marshall Islands took part in the Olympic Games in 2008.
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