RELIGION LIBRARY

Kiribati

COUNTRY PROFILE

Map of Kiribati

The country is an archipelago with an area of 265 square miles and a population of 92,500. Missionaries introduced Christianity into the area in the mid-19th century. According to 2005 government statistics, major religious groups include the Roman Catholic Church, 55 percent; Kiribati Protestant Church, 36 percent; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), 3 percent; the Baha'i Faith, 2 percent; and Seventh-day Adventists, 2 percent. Several groups claim to have higher numbers of adherents, but there is no independent confirmation. Persons with no religious affiliation account for less than 1 percent of the population. Members of the Catholic Church are concentrated in the northern islands, while Protestants are the majority in the southern islands.

Population Population (2009 est.) 112,850
Religious Demographics Roman Catholic 52%, Protestant (Congregational) 40%, other (includes Seventh-Day Adventist, Muslim, Baha'i, Mormon, Church of God) 8% (1999)
Ethnic Groups Ethnic Groups Micronesian 98.8%, other 1.2% (2000 census)
Languages Languages I-Kiribati, English (official)
Country Flag Flag of Kiribati