Kiribati is an island republic in Oceania. The country is located in the Pacific Ocean and is part of the regions of Micronesia and Polynesia. Kiribati consists for the most part of three expansive island groups, from west to east these are the Gilbert Islands, the Phoenix Islands and most of the Line Islands. To the west of the Gilbert Islands is also the island of Banaba.

Official nameKiribati
Surface726 kmĀ²
time differenceUTC +12 - UTC +14
VolksliedTeirake kaini Kiribati

Kiribati's national flag was designed in 1932 by Sir Arthur Grimble for the British colony of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands. The top half is red and contains a yellow frigate bird flying above a yellow rising sun. The bottom half is blue and contains three horizontal wavy white stripes. These symbolize the ocean and the three groups of islands (Gilbert, Phoenix and Line Islands). The seventeen rays of the sun represent the sixteen Gilbert Islands and Banaba.

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