7 Facts about Kiribati

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In this brief video you can find seven little known facts about Kiribati.

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1. Kiribati is the only nation in all 4 hemispheres of the world (North, South, East and West). While the country’s land area is a mere 811 km2 (33 islands) it has an Exclusive Economic Zone of 3,441,810 km2 making it 4,243X larger! Thus, while the country is only the 187th largest in the world, its EEZ is slightly larger than all of India!

2. Kiribati has a (less famous) Christmas Island. On a map, you’ll find it marked as Kiritimati, but this is only a respelling of the word Christmas. In the Kiribati language, the combination ti is pronounced s. The island is home to only 4 villages, 3 of which are called London, Banana and Poland, and comprises over 70% of Kiribati’s total land area.

3. Most of the islands and atolls are only 1-2 metres above sea level, with the highest point just 81 m above sea level. Two small uninhabited islets, Tebua Tarawa and Abanuea, already disappeared below the sea in 1999. To counter the very real risk of the entire country disappearing beneath the waves within the next 50 years, Kiribati bought 20 km2 of land from Fiji where they can start relocating people.

4. There are no land animals that are native to Kiribati, although early settlers brought dogs and pigs with them. The waters surrounding Kiribati, however, are teaming with fish, seahorses, crabs, jellyfish, sharks, wales and dolphins, plus many more.

5. Kiribati is not the most known country in the world, but you might have heard of the Gilbert Islands. It used to be a British colony until 1979. The name is the local enunciation of Gilberts.

6. There is no rail, river, or lake transport, although canoes travel freely on the lagoons. However, all the major islands have airstrips.

7. South Tarawa is the capital and hub of the Republic of Kiribati and home to approximately half of Kiribati’s total population. The island is extremely vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters. Already the effects of rising sea-levels and associated soil salinization are starting to threaten limited fresh water supplies. Households on South Tarawa do not have the option to retreat from coastal erosion, as the atoll is narrow and already crowded.

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21 thoughts on “7 Facts about Kiribati

  1. Tae kolaea Adoom May 17, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Thank you for your video. I'll extend fact 5 for you, Tungaru is the original name of our country before the British renamed it to Gilbert Islands. Thanks again, your hard work in 2016 still appreciated in 2019.

  2. John Claasen May 17, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Thanks Sebastian. Just letting you know that the photos from 0.43 to 1.00 are not Christmas Island in Kiribati because that island has no hills at all. Kiribati has only one island that is raised up – Banaba Island in the far west. The Kiribati spelling of Christmas Island is Kiritimati, and you can see photos if you search that name. 🙂

  3. Moannata Tebou May 17, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Hi guys if you are watching this I just want to tell you that I'm from kiribati here I'll tell you the whole story ( so when I was little my dad left me to go to New Zealand then a couple of days my dad mingent to bring my mum to New Zealand and me and my sister live with my mum sisters and mum and in kiribati it fun and I enjoy being born there and living there ( I was born in kiribati and I know how to speak kiribati, by the way there are many people on New Zealand, anyway that's the story ( ohh by the way my name is Moannata and my last name is Tebou. and my littler sister name is Bwenaua ( same last name has me) anyway my mums name is Teineata and her last name is Aree ( she also a kiribati ) and my dad name is Tebou and his last name is Manika he also a kiribati. anyway my hole name is Moannata momo Tebou and Bwenaua hole name is Bwenaua bebe Tebou and thats all. Sapoo it mean bye in kiribati

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  5. awakeningspirit20 May 17, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    I actually went to Kiribati when I was 6; back then Norwegian Cruise Lines took people to Kiribati. We only spent a few hours there, but the water was incredible and the people lived in huts! I'd love to return there.

  6. Sargento Bonzo May 17, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Maybe build artificial islands just like Dubai did, of course others rich countries need to help. or floating villages, thats an avant-garde idea http://www.charles-simonds.com/floatingcities.html

  7. FadePlaysMCPE May 17, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Kiribati, an island republic in the Central Pacific, comprises 33 coral atolls and isles stretching along the equator. With lagoons and white-sand beaches, many of its islands are uninhabited, offering a remote setting for fishing, diving and bird-watching. The crowded capital, South Tarawa, made up of small islets, retains remnants of WWII battles fought on its shores, and is known for folk dancing and handicrafts.

    Capital: South Tarawa

    Capital and largest city: Tarawa; 1°28′N 173°2′E / 1.467°N 173.033°E

    Official languages: English, Kiribati

    Currencies: Australian dollar, Kiribati dollar

  8. Keteu 808 May 17, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Hello, Kiribati…..now, I understand why your island sounds so distant from the other Micronesian Districts of the US TTPI, it was colonized by British until 1979 while the rest of Micronesia is under the US. From the Marshall Islands to Palau, everybody was under the trusteeship of the US. Yet all along, you're one of us, The islands of the western Pacific, the Micronesias.

  9. luiscruz09 May 17, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    0:01 i thought it was a Jumbo video

  10. Leo Kolev May 17, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    I just love this video

  11. Landon Thomas May 17, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    I was wondering why people would pronounce it Kiribas. The more you know.

  12. 歐yoyo May 17, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    ummm london in uk and kiribati???? know this before

  13. A Youtube User May 17, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    i hate islands

  14. kiribetio123 May 17, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    my island 😍👌

  15. I just recently discovered the country, if climate change continues like this, will the entire country disappear?

  16. Christian News May 17, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    only thing i didnt enjoy was xmas, when its christmas

  17. fly far_away May 17, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    you are amazing
    thank you so so much for these informations

  18. Deva Rafael May 17, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    #8 : the first country to encounters new year day, thanks for utc+14 on Line Islands

  19. Tom Leben May 17, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    I love kiribati

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