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100531.  Sun Oct 08, 2006 2:37 am Reply with quote

Actually pronounced KIRIBAS. This is a Kiribati language rendering of the word "Gilberts", the name of the main group of islands. There is no "s" in Gilbertese, the sound represented by "ti" (George Bernard Shaw would probably have it that should be pronounced "sh", therefore rendering the country "Kiribash").


101371.  Mon Oct 09, 2006 3:46 pm Reply with quote

Kiribati is just a group of small atolls (33 in all) but only 21 of them have any inhabitants, across an area of over 1000 miles of ocean. They're made up of three seperate island belts, but there are other islands in between.

101389.  Mon Oct 09, 2006 4:17 pm Reply with quote

The population of Kiribati is 105,432 (July 2006 est.)

Although it straddles the International Date Line, they have declared that the whole country belongs in the same time zone as the Gilbert Islands.

I do like the idea of a country over 1000 miles long, but with a population of only 105,432 - smaller than Huddersfield (approx 119,000).

103601.  Mon Oct 16, 2006 7:50 am Reply with quote

I was once told by a customer who was once stationed on a Kiribatian coral outpost that he was never more than 70 feet from the sea, and never more than 4 feet above it.

654305.  Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:22 am Reply with quote

Who was Gilbert?

654358.  Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:41 am Reply with quote

Thomas Gilbert, Captain of the Charlotte an East India Company ship who discovered the Gilbert Islands ...

654527.  Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:18 am Reply with quote

Thankyou for the information were the islands inhabited? If they were then I am surprised that they did not use a different name.

654576.  Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:21 pm Reply with quote

They were inhabited, and there was a Gilbertese language name for them before they got the name "Gilbert"; the natives knew the islands as Tungaru. On achieving independence in 1979, however, the country decided to call itself Kiribati on the grounds that the new nation included islands (the Line Islands, the Phoenix Islands, Banaba) which were not part of Tungaru. Or such is the claim of wiki and the Kiribati tourist board, anyway.

654728.  Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:46 pm Reply with quote

Thanks for the information. I remember that there were problems with Banaba (Ocean Island) when the Gilbert Islands were in the process of achieving independence. I think that there may have been an abortive separatist movement at the time. Banaba had most of its land surface removed by phosphate mining and its population were removed to Fiji. I believe that some people may have returned but would be interested to find out more information

1252530.  Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:10 am Reply with quote

Some cool armour photos in this article about kiribati

1268643.  Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:12 pm Reply with quote

South Tarawa is listed as the capital of Kiribati but is somewhat spread out.


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