Independence Year :
Population : 80000
Life Expectancy : 75.5
Capital : 2913
GNP : 0.00
GNP Old : 0.00
Local Name : Northern Mariana Islands
Government Form : Commonwealth of the US
Location : Oceania, group of islands in the North Pacific Ocean and the Philippine Sea along the Mariana Trench, north of Papua New Guinea and east of the Philippines.
Terrain : The northern islands are of volcanic origin, active volcanoes on Pagan and Agrihan, the southern islands are lacustrine limestone fringed by coral reefs.
Climate : Tropical marine, dry season from December to June, rainy season from July to October.
Ethnic Group : Chamorro, Carolinians and other Micronesians
Religions : Christian (Roman Catholic majority, although traditional beliefs and taboos may still be found)
Official Website : www.cnmiago.gov.mp
Genral Information - Northern Mariana Islands
The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) is a group of 14 islands in the North Pacific Ocean along the Mariana Trench the deepest location on earth.
Ferdinand Magellan, discoverer by trade, claimed the islands for Spain in 1521. As usual, the following seizure by Spanish colonists was definitly much of a disadvantage for the local inhabitants the Chamorro, they have been almost wiped out. Some centuries later the islands were sold by Spain to Germany in 1899 and remained under the German flag until 1914 when the Japanese moved against the Germans, forced them out and virtually annexed the Islands into the Empire. The islands came under US administration as part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific. Today the islands with their cultural and historical attractions, world class golf courses, luxury hotels, tropical jungles and colorful underwater reef life, are a destination for vacation trips.