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Northern Mariana Islands (Commonwealth of The Northern Mariana Islands)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013


Northern Mariana Islands
Commonwealth of The Northern Mariana Islands
StatusDependency (Commonwealth)
Land Area 460km21
LocationAustralasia, Micronesia
GroupingsSmall Islands
Life Expectancy
ISO3166-1 CodesMP, MNP, 5802
Internet Domain.mp3
CurrencyDollar (USD)4

1. Overview

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

Book CoverThe 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.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)7

As a territory of the USA I do not have many specific statistics for this territory in its own right.

2. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

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:

Folk Religion5.3%

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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References: (What's this?)

(2013) World Factbook. The USA Government's Central Intelligence Agency (USA CIA) publishes The World Factbook, and the online version is frequently updated.

Lonely Planet
(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.


  1. World Bank data on accessed 2013 Nov 04.^
  2. International Standards Organisation (ISO) standard ISO3166-1, on, accessed 2013 May 01.^
  3. Top level domains (TLDs) are managed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) on^
  4. According to ISO4217.^
  5. According to ITU-T.^
  6. CIA (2013). Https:// accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  7. Lonely Planet (2014). Chapter "Northern Mariana Islands".^
  8. Pew Forum (2012) publication "The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World´s Major Religious Groups as of 2010" (2012 Dec 18) accessed 2013 May 01.^
  9. CIA (2013). Https:// accessed 2014 Apr 27.^

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