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Marshall Islands

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Introduction


Language

Official language
Marshallese, English

T-index
0.00032%

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Demography

Capital: Majuro
Currency:  United States dollar
Population: 59.19 m (2020) 
Population density: 331/km2

Economy

GDP: 239.5 million USD (2020)
GDP per capita: 4,073.11 USD ‎(2020) ‎
Exports: $747 million (2020)

Statistics

Internet users: 38.7% penetration, 23.2 thousand
Unemployment rate: 4.7
Urbanisation: 77.38% (2019)
Literacy: 99% (2019)

Conventions

Numbering system
Arabic numerals with dot as decimal separator, comma as thousands separator

Date format: mm-dd-yyyy
Time: 12h time system (a.m/p.m)
Country code: 00692


Language data sources: Worldatlas/Britannica//EF/Wikipedia; Demography data sources: IMF/Worldometers; Conventions data source: Wikipedia; Economy data sources: WTO/OEC/CIA/Esomar/Datareportal; Statistics data sources: Datareportal/WorldBank/UN/UNESCO/CEIC/IMF/Culturalatlas/Commisceoglobal


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Facts and Data


Economy

Imports
$11.9 billion (2019). In 2020, Marshall Islands was the world’s biggest importer of Passenger and Cargo Ships ($8.58B), importing mostly from South Korea ($4.84B), China ($3.28B), Japan ($1.29B), Germany ($1.04B), and Turkey ($305M).

Financial inclusion factors (over 15 years of  age)
• 100% have an account with a financial institution
• 60% have a credit card
• 76% make online purchases

Ease of doing business
It is very easy to conduct business (rated 81.2 out of 100) ranked 20th out of 25 East Asian and Pacific countries, ranked 153rd out of 190 countries worldwide (2019, World Bank)

Exports
$2747 billion (2020).  Passenger and Cargo Ships ($314M), Recreational Boats ($237M), Non-fillet Frozen Fish ($54M), Scrap Vessels ($23M), and Iron Structures ($19.3M), exporting mostly to Netherlands ($212M), Denmark ($136M), Poland ($71.7M), Indonesia ($48.6M), and Thailand ($39.6M).


Economy data sources: WTO/OEC/CIA/Esomar/Datareportal


Media

Media language
English

The government generally respects media freedom. A privately-owned weekly is published in English and Marshallese. A government monthly contains official news but avoids politics.

State-owned and private radios offer diverse views. US forces radio and TV can be received in some areas and US TV is available via cable. BBC World Service broadcasts in Majuro on 98.5 FM.

The press

Marshall Islands Journal – private weekly
Marshall Islands Gazette – government monthly

Television

MBC TV – state-run

Radio

V7AB “Radio Marshalls” – operated by state-run Marshall Islands Broadcasting Company, sole station with national coverage
V7AA “The Change 104.1”
– religious
AFN Kwajalein – US military


Media data source: BBC


Internet Data

Internet users
38.7% penetration, 23.2 thousand

Share of web traffic by device
42.86% mobile phones, 52.66% computers (laptops and desktops),4.40% tablet devices and 0.08% other devices.

Mobile connection as a percentage of total population: 12.6%

Percentage of mobile connections that are broadband (3G-5G): 21.3%

Most popular web search engines
Google (90.48%), Bing (4.9%), DuckduckGo (2.37%),Yahoo (2.05%), Baidu (0.12%) 

Most used social media
Facebook (73.1%), Pinterest (10.69%),Twitter (10%),  YouTube (3.45%), Instagram (2.07%), Reddit (0.69%)


Internet data sources: Datareportal/Statcounter


Social statistics

Life expectancy
65 yrs

Average age of the population
23.80 yrs

Cultural Curiosities
The Marshallese culture is called Manit, it revolves around the concepts of hospitality, cooperation and warm hospitality. In the Marshall Islands, despite of their origins from other countries, locals are divided into clans ( jowi), headed by chiefs (iroji) and clan heads (alap). The first birthday of a child is one of the most important celebration in the Marshallese culture, Kemem, are a big part of celebrations with songs and huge feasts.


Social statistics sources: WorldBank/UN/UNESCO/CEIC/IMF


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