TUC) capital and main island of the Gilbert Group (pop.
30 000) Government: Type: Republic - parliamentary democracy. Terrain: Archipelagos of low-lying coral atolls surrounded by extensive reefs.
University of the South Pacific Premier institution of tertiary education in the Pacific region, jointly owned by the governments of twelve island countries, USP is an international centre of excellence for teaching, research and consulting on all aspects of Pacific life.
The tropical islands of Kiribati are hot and humid throughout the year.
The Gilbert Islands receive the most rain, while rainfall is sparse in the Phoenix and Line islands, and extended periods of drought are common.
Kiribati and Christmas Island A page about the islands group.
Kiribati Images Site in Japanese with images of Kiribati landscapes and people.
It includes three major island groups - Gilbert Islands, Line Islands, and Phoenix Islands.
Formerly part of the British Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony, the Ellice Islands became the independent nation of Tuvalu in 1978, the Gilbert Islands were granted self-rule by the UK in 1971 and complete independence in 1979 under the new name of Kiribati.
Map of Oceania and the Pacific Islands Reference map of Australia/Oceania.
Kiribati National Tourism Office The Kiribati Tourism Official Website.
Self rule granted by UK - 1971 Independence: 12 July 1979 (from United Kingdom). US relinquished all claims to the sparsely inhabited Phoenix and Line Island groups in a 1979 treaty of friendship with Kiribati. Climate: Maritime equatorial to tropical, dry season from May through October, rainy season from November through April.