Kiribati Military

Kiribati is a country located in the central Pacific Ocean. With a population of over 117,000 people, it is the smallest nation in terms of population in the region. Kiribati is a parliamentary republic and its military consists of three branches: the Kiribati Defence Force (KDF), Kiribati Police Force (KPF) and Maritime Surveillance Unit (MSU). The KDF are responsible for defending the country’s borders and sovereignty, as well as providing security to its citizens. In terms of defense spending, Kiribati spends approximately $2 million annually on its military making it one of the lowest defense spending nations in the Pacific Ocean. The country also participates in several United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions such as those in East Timor and Solomon Islands. Kiribati is also a member of both NATO and the South Pacific Forum (SPF), and has close ties with other SPF members such as Fiji, Samoa and Tuvalu.┬áSee naturegnosis to learn more about the country of Kiribati.

To see related acronyms about this country, please check AbbreviationFinder where you can see that KIR stands for Kiribati.

Kiribati Army

Country data

Area: 810.5 km2 (world ranking: 173)

Population: 116,000

Population density: 143 per km2 (as of 2017, world ranking: 179)

Capital: South Tarawa

Official languages: Gilbertese, English

Gross domestic product: US $ 196 million; Real growth: 3.1%

Gross national product (GNP, per resident and year): 2780 US$

Currency: 1 Austral. Dollar / Kiribati ($ A / K) = 100 cents


Mattentwiete 8, 20457 Hamburg
Telephone 040 403 501 370,
fax 040 36146233

Head of State, Head of Government and exterior: Taneti MaamauKourabi Nenem

National holiday: 12.7.

Administrative structure
24 districts

State and form of government
Constitution of 1979
Presidential republic (in the Commonwealth)
Parliament (Maneaba ni Maungatabu) with 46 members (44 elected, 1 representative from Banaba, 1 ex officio), election every 4 years
Direct election of the head of state every 4 years (two re-elections) Right to
vote from 18 years of age

Population: Kiribati, last census 2015: 110,136 residents
96% Micronesians, 4% Polynesians, Europeans and other

Cities (with population): (as of 2015) South Tarawa 56,388 residents; of which Betio 17,330, Bikenibeu 7575, Teaoraereke 5105, Temwaiku 4072

Religions: 57% Catholics, 31% Protestants, 5% Mormons, 2% Baha’i and others (as of 2006)

Languages: Gilbertese (I-Kiribati), English

Employed by economic sector: no information

Unemployment (in% of all economically active persons)
no information

Inflation rate (in%): 2017: 2.2%

Foreign trade: import: 110 million US $ (2017); Export: US $ 13 million (2017)

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