Kiribati Country Quiz

Can you guess these facts about the country of Kiribati?
Quiz by Aaron197
Last updated: June 23, 2020
First submittedJanuary 5, 2020
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Capital of Kiribati
South Tarawa
Official languages
Country from which Kiribati gained its independence in 1979
United Kingdom
Country which broke away from Kiribati to become its own nation in 1976
The islands of Kiribati are atolls, meaning that they are formed from ...
Coral reefs
Not counting external territories, Kiribati is the only country in the world which
has territory in all four _________
Country which occupied parts of Kiribati from 1941โ€“1943
Island which accounts for almost half the area of Kiribati, visited by Captain Cook
on 24 December 1777
(Christmas Island)
Along with the Maldives, Kiribati is one of the countries thought to be most
at-risk from this global phenomenon
Climate change
Each year, Kiribati is the first country to celebrate this holiday
New Year's Day
Number of mammal species which could be found on the islands prior to human settlement
Food product which comprises 91% of exports
Type of bird that appears on the flag of Kiribati (hint: a type of ship)
Level 80
Jun 23, 2020
If Kiribati is the first to celebrate New Year's Day, isn't it the first to celebrate a lot of holidays?
Level 77
Jun 23, 2020
Kiribati and Kiritimati are local renditions of English Gilberts and Christmas, -ti being pronounced S.
Level 67
Aug 11, 2020
Wow, haven't thought of that before! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ
Level 57
Sep 28, 2020
wait, -ti is pronounced s? Well, guess I've butchered this language already.
Level 74
Jun 23, 2020
There can only be two hemispheres on any given sphere.
Level 79
Jun 23, 2020
Yes... But any given sphere can be divided in many points of reference, creating different hemispheres (this is more visible if said sphere has different attributes across its surface).

With regards of Earth (which has lots of different attributes spread across its surface), it has been divided in two ways:

  • X-axis (through the Equator): Creating the Northern and the Southern Hemispheres.
  • Y-axis (through the Primer Meridian and the 180ยบ Meridian): Creating the Western and the Eastern Hemispheres.

Which brings us the 4 Hemispheres of Earth.

Level 88
Jun 24, 2020
A part of me has always felt we're neglecting another obvious division
  • Z-axis (through the 90ยบ Meridians): Creating two more unnamed Hemispheres
As for naming, maybe the 'Front 90' and 'Back 90' though that sounds a little like golf...
Level 74
Jun 24, 2020
Good point! Maybe we should describe them from now on as the four Giant Quadrants.
Level 67
Jul 4, 2020
Earth pie mhmm!

Level 78
Sep 3, 2020
Yes, in fact it does extend into all four quadrants: it has territory with all four latitude and longitude combinations NW,NE,SE,SW. This is a stronger statement than the hemispheres version (that it has territory with all four of N, S, E and W).
Level 57
Sep 28, 2020
I agree, it's a finer point of argument, but there's difference between the four hemispheres and the four quadrants.
Level 74
Jun 23, 2020
Why is "Kiribati" not accepted for Gilbertese?
Level 63
Jun 25, 2020
That would be like accepting "France" for "French".
Level 65
Jul 16, 2020
Kiribati is Kiribati in Kiribati
Level 67
Jul 4, 2020
Kiribatese รญs accepted though.
Level 74
Jun 26, 2020
High thumbs up for the "c.change" instead of the "g.warming".
Level 21
Aug 19, 2020
Cool quiz!



Level 21
Aug 21, 2020
Two problems with the quiz. On my globe, it says Tarawa, not south Tarawa. This is why I always type Tarawa - not South Tarawa. And also, I - Kiribati is also a main language.
Level 59
Aug 24, 2020
From a quick google, it looks like Tarawa is an atoll which has two settlements on it:

North Tarawa - 7000 people

South Tarawa - 56000 people

So you can't really say Tarawa is the capital as it's not a city.

Kiribati is accepted for the language, idk if this is a new thing.

Level 70
Sep 7, 2020
Kiribati is the first to celebrate every holiday, not just new years.
Level 59
Nov 11, 2020
Not really. Not every country celebrates holidays on the same date. National/Independence day - Taiwan (Jan 1st, GMT+8) and Christmas - Armenia (Jan 6th) are two notable one where Kiribati isn't first.
Level 52
Nov 14, 2020
Now for the big debate of whether or not January 6th is before or after December 25.