Marshall Islands

Composed of 32 atolls and over 860 reefs in West Pacific; probably charted by Spanish 16th century; explored by Englishmen Gilbert and Marshall 1788; purchased from Spain by Germany 1885; Japanese and US control in 20th century; controls own foreign policy except defense; official languages are Marshallese (Kajin-Majol) and English.

Quick Facts on Marshall Islands

Go Historic ID
36689
Names
Marshall Islands
Location
Population
78,831 (#200 in world) (2021 est.)
Languages
Marshallese (official) 98.2%, other languages 1.8%; English (official), widely spoken as a second language (1999 est.)
Ethnic Groups
Marshallese 92.1%, mixed Marshallese 5.9%, other 2% (2006 est.)
Religions
Protestant 80.5% (United Church of Christ 47%, Assembly of God 16.2%, Bukot Nan Jesus 5.4%, Full Gospel 3.3%, Reformed Congressional Church 3%, Salvation Army 1.9%, Seventh Day Adventist 1.4%, Meram in Jesus 1.2%, other Protestant 1.1%), Roman Catholic 8.5%, Mormon 7%, Jehovah's Witness 1.7%, other 1.2%, none 1.1% (2011 est.)