NORTHERN
MARIANA
ISLANDS
Updated 20 February 2013
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is located in the north of the Oceania Continent, with a population of
51,395, making it the 207th largest national population. Its capital and largest city is
Saipan with a total population of
48,220. The country encompasses 477 square kilometers making it the 164th largest country in total area. It shares
boundaries with the Philippine Sea and the North Pacific Ocean.

President Barack Hussein Obama of the United States is recognized as the Chief of State and, along with Vice
President Joseph Robinette Biden, Sr., achieves that status through popular vote and holds that position for four years
and is eligible for a second term, however citizens of the Northern Mariana Islands do not vote for President and Vice
President of the United States. Governor E
loy S. Inos  is recognized as the Head of Government and, along with
Lieutenant Governor J
ude Hofschneider, normally achieves that status through popular vote and holds that position
four years and  is eligible for a second term.
However, on 20 February 2013, Governor Benigno Fitial resigned after
being impeached and Lieutenant Governor Inos was elevated to governor and Senate President Hofschneider rose to
Lieutenant Governor.
 Its form of government is a commonwealth in political union with the United States and they
celebrate the creation of their constitution on 1 January 1978.

The languages commonly or officially spoken are Philippine languages, Chinese, Chamorro, English, other Pacific
Island languages and other languages. It counts among its major religion Christian although traditional beliefs and
taboos may still be found. As sources of mass communication it has 1 AM, 6 FM, 1 Short Wave and 1 Television
stations.

Major geographical features are an unnamed location on Agrinan, its highest point at 965 meters and the Pacific
Ocean, its lowest point at 0 meters. Its principal waterway is Pacific Ocean, which measures 1,482 kilometers of
Coastline.

Major industries providing for the bulk of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are tourism, construction, garment
and handicrafts. Its official currency is United States Dollar.

Here’s something you may not know about the Northern Mariana Islands. Under United States administration as part
of the UN trust Territory of the Pacific, the people of Northern Mariana Islands decided in the 1970’s not to seek
independence but instead to forge closer links with the United States. Negotiations for territorial states began in 1972.
A convent to establish a commonwealth in political union with the United States was approved in 1975, and came in
force 24 March 1976. A new government and constitution went into effect in 1978.
Volcano on Anatahan
Island
Asuncion Island on the
Pacific Ocean-
Northern Mariana
Islands' lowest point
Saipan Parade of
Cultures
Saipan- Northern
Mariana Islands'
capital and largest city
Volcano on North
Pagan
The Maug Islands
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Farallon de Parajos-
the northern and
westernmost point of
the Northern Mariana
Islands
Chamorro boy in
traditional clothing
Bird island off Saipan
Tanapag Forest on
Saipan
Kelaguin Monuk- a
traditional Chamorro
dish of Chicken and
coconut
World War II Memorial
at Saipan's suicide cliffs
Shinto Shrine on
Tinian Island
Ancient Chamorro
ruins of Taga House
Utt Village on Rota
Island- the
southernmost of the
Northern Mariana
Islands
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Farallon de Medinilla-
the easternmost point
of the Northern
Mariana Islands
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