Marshall Islands (ˈmɑːʃəl
- a republic, consisting of a group of 34 coral islands in the W central Pacific: formerly
part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (1947–87); status of free association
with the US from 1986; consists of two parallel chains, Ralik and Ratak. Official
languages: Marshallese and English. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: US
dollar. Capital: Delap-Uliga-Djarrit, on Majuro atoll. Pop: 69 747 (2013 est). Area:
(land) 181 sq km (70 sq miles); (lagoon) 11 655 sq km (4500 sq miles)
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