By Vexen Crabtree 2013
|Northern Mariana Islands|
Commonwealth of The Northern Mariana Islands
|ISO3166-1 Codes||MP, MNP, 5802|
“Under US administration as part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific, the people of the Northern Mariana Islands decided in the 1970s not to seek independence but instead to forge closer links with the US. Negotiations for territorial status began in 1972. A covenant to establish a commonwealth in political union with the US was approved in 1975, and came into force on 24 March 1976. A new government and constitution went into effect in 1978.”
CIA's The World Factbook (2013)6
“The Northern Marianas can seem like a package-tour nightmare. But show a little curiosity and you´ll be rewarded with turquoise waters, white sands, and fine diving and snorkeling. The Northern Mariana Islands, officially the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) is currently undergoing massive change as its fiscally challenged capital Saipan painfully comes to terms with the loss of its lucrative Japanese tour market. But travel trends come and go; the charm of the islands endures. It´s therefore your mission, should you accept it, to seek out the best of the CNMI.
Floating in American accents, Japanese tourists and convenience stores, the Northern Marianas capital of Saipan is a package-tour favourite. Get beyond the main island and you´ll find a less-cluttered version of paradise where turquoise waters and white beaches are livened up by an upsurging Chamorro culture.”
As a territory of the USA I do not have many specific statistics for this territory in its own right.
Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below8:
The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Christian (Roman Catholic majority, although traditional beliefs and taboos may still be found)9.
Current edition: 2013 May 01
Last Modified: 2017 Jun 21
Parent page: Compare International Statistics by Region and Continent
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(2014) The World. Subtitled: "A Traveller's Guide to the Planet". Published by Lonely Planet, London, UK. Each chapter is devoted to a specific country and includes a list of the most interesting places to visit and a few other cultural notes.