climate is hot and humid, with a wet season from May to
November. The islands occasionally suffer from typhoons.
Many Pacific typhoons start in the Marshall Islands
region and grow stronger as they move west toward the
Mariana Islands and the Philippines.
Marshallese and English are the official languages of
the Marshall Islands. Marshallese belongs to the
Austronesian Language Family, the most geographically
widespread language family in the world. Of the
Austronesian languages, Marshallese is a member of the
Malayo Polynesian group, a group which contains 880
different languages. In the Marshalls, two major
dialects have emerged, one in the Ralik chain and one in
the Ratak chain of atolls. The differences between the
two dialects is minor.
|Currency:||The Marshall Islands use the U.S. dollar
as their currency. This has the advantages of not having
the expense of running a central bank, the currency is
completely convertible, and price stability is
reasonably well ensured as the Marshallese do not have
the ability to print currency.
|Population:||The population of Marshall Islands in
2003 was estimated by the United Nations at 55, 000,
which placed it as number 185 in population among the
193 nations of the world. In that year approximately 2%
of the population was over 65 years of age, with another
49% of the population under 15 years of age.
|Capital City:||Majuro is a large coral atoll of 64
islands in the Pacific Ocean, and forms a legislative
district of the Ratak Chain of the Marshall Islands.