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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
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.


There isn't much information in the database for Northern Mariana Islands, most likely because it is either a part of another country (i.e., a territory or possession) and therefore most international statistics are counted for the country as a whole, or, this is such an exotic place that little data exists about it.