Republic of the Marshall Islands
Political Status: Sovereign state in free association with the United States (which retains authority with regard to defense) since October 21, 1986.
Area: 70 sq. mi. (181 sq. km).
Population: 53,158 (2011E—UN); 70,983 (2014E—U.S. Census). (It is estimated that more than 20,000 of the Marshellese citizens reside in the U.S. territory of Guam or elsewhere in the United States.)
[Page 929]Major Urban Center (2005E): DALAP-ULIGA-DARRIT (Majuro Atoll; 26,000).
Official Languages: Marshallese. English is also widely spoken.
Monetary Unit: U.S. Dollar (see the entry on United States for principal exchange rates).
President: Christopher J. LOEAK (Our Islands); elected by the House of Representatives on January 2, 2012, following the legislative elections on November 21, 2011, and inaugurated for the remainder of the House’s four-year term on January 17, ...