Area: 472 sq km
Population: 55 023 inhab. (estimate 2016)
Density: 116.57 inhab./sq km
Coordinates: lat. 21° - 13° N; long. 140° - 157° E
Capital: Capitol Hill (on Saipan) (chief town) 1 028 inhab. (2010);
Currency: US dollar (100 cents)
Governor: Ralph Torres (Republican), since 29 December 2015
Internet: www.census.gov (U.S. Census Bureau)
Member of  SPC

Northern Mariana Islands

Northern Mariana Islands, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Useful information

GMT  +10
DST  not applied


Politics and current affairs

Geography.
An archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean (in Micronesia), made up of 14 islands aligned from north to south, with the deepest submarine trench to the south-east. Some of the islands are volcanic, with just a few hundred metres of their tips emerging from the sea. The largest islands are Saipan (120 km²), Tinian (109 km²) and Rota (85 km²). They have a tropical climate with very heavy rains.

Formerly (from 1947) a UN Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, since 9 January 1978, the Northern Mariana Islands (except Guam) are a Commonwealth in union with the USA. This status only received international approval in 1990, when the UN ended the US trusteeship. The Governor is elected directly, as is the House of Representatives (20 members elected for two years) and the Senate (9 members elected for two or four years). Since 1989 its inhabitants have been US citizens.

Administrative division

Administrative division
IslandAREAINHABITANTSYEAR
Northern Islands160 sq km - 2010
Rota85 sq km2 527 inhab.2010
Cities
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Kagman4 226inhab.2010
Garapan (on Saipan)3 983inhab.2010
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Population

Population by age and gender (% - 2017)
75+
60-74
45-59
30-44
15-29
0-14
MALEAGEFEMALE
Demographic statistics
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Birth rate18.32015
Death rate3.72015
Ethnic groups
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Filipino35.3%2010
other29.8%2010


Religions
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Catholic64.1%2010
Protestant16%2010


Languages
DESCRIPTION
Chamorro (official)
English (official)
Population by selected age groups
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
0-14 years26.6%2017
15-29 years20.5%2017


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Economy


Economy.
Tourism is the main resource, providing about a quarter of the GDP and employing 25% of the workforce. Most of the accommodation facilities are operated by Japanese companies. Financial aid from the US is of key importance.

Economy - General data
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Balance of trade- 149M US$2017
Economy - Unemployment
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Unemployment rate11.2%2010
Employment by economic activity
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
agriculture22.2%2014
industry and services77.8%2014
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Agriculture

Land use
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
arable land4.35%2015
forests64.13%2015
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Forests-Livestock-Fishing

Fishing
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
crustaceans and molluscs25t2016
freshwater fishes18t2016
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Trade

Merchandise Export
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
20176M US$ -
20165M US$ -
Merchandise Import
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
2017155M US$ -
2016135M US$ -
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Tourism

International Tourism
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Number of arrivals531 000units2016
Receipts225M US$2002
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Communications

Communication - Transport
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Merchant fleet1units2018
Merchant fleet, gross tonnage452t2018
Communication - Media and telecommunication
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Internet users973per 1000 pop.2015
Mobiles262per 1000 pop.2008
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Social and welfare

Other social indicators
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Access to electricity100%2016
Access to improved drinking-water source98%2010
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