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Nauru

COUNTRY PROFILE

Map of Nauru

The country has an area of eight square miles and a population of 9,300. Christianity is the primary religion. According to the 2002 census, approximately two-thirds of Christians are Protestant, and the remainder are Catholic. The ethnic Chinese on the island, estimated to constitute approximately 5 percent of the population, may be Confucian, Buddhist, Taoist, Christian, or nonreligious. The Jehovah's Witnesses and the Mormons stated they had small numbers of followers in the country.
Foreign missionaries introduced Christianity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. There are a few active Christian missionaries, including representatives of Anglicanism, Methodism, Catholicism, and Jehovah's Witnesses.

Population Population (2009 est.) 14,019
Religious Demographics Nauru Congregational 35.4%, Roman Catholic 33.2%, Nauru Independent Church 10.4%, other 14.1%, none 4.5%, unspecified 2.4% (2002 census)
Ethnic Groups Ethnic Groups Nauruan 58%, other Pacific Islander 26%, Chinese 8%, European 8%
Languages Languages Nauruan (official; a distinct Pacific Island language), English widely understood, spoken, and used for most government and commercial purposes
Country Flag Flag of Nauru