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Marshall Islands
Capital:
Majuro
Population:
57,738 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
After almost four decades under US administration as the easternmost part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, the Marshall Islands attained independence in 1986 under a Compact of Free Association. Compensation claims continue as a result of US nuclear testing on some of the atolls between 1947 and 1962. The Marshall Islands have been home to the US Army Base Kwajalein (USAKA) since 1964.
Government type:
constitutional government in free association with the US; the Compact of Free Association entered into force 21 October 1986
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $115 million (2001 est.)
Internet users:
1,400 (2003)
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