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Marshall Islands

The Marshall Islands are an island group in the Northern Pacific. Majuro is an appropriate name for the capital and largest atoll of the bunch. The official languages are Marshallese and English, and the population is largely homogeneous, of Marshallese descent with occasional Japanese or other Asian ancestry mixed in. Christianity is the predominant religion. Rocky terrain and trees are typical of the islands. Coral reefs delicate in nature ring the atolls. An area of its ocean has been designated a shark sanctuary, which is the world's largest one. When foreign government aid is the largest sector of the economy, you know this is a less-developed nation. Fishing has been a crucial but troubled industry, and copra production has had historical importance. Agriculture and service are also important sectors. Diving is great in places like Bikini and Rongelap. Weaving is one of the significant arts and trades of the islanders, and handiwork can be seen and purchased in curio shops such as those around the Robert Reimers Hotel in Majuro. Popular starchy staples include sweet potato, cassava, rice, and sago. Corn and tomatoes are common vegetables. Coconut plays a significant role in the Marshallese diet, as do breadfruit, pineapples, and bananas. Fish, pork, and chicken are frequently eaten. Try barramundi wrapped in banana leaves. Holidays often feature special desserts like lemon cheesecake or macadamia nut pie that could really sweeten your visit.