Marshall Islands


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The country profiles are intended to provide some background and context for the descriptions of the churches. These profiles should be read in conjunction with those of the churches in the country.

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Surface area:181 km2
GNI per capita:2370 US$
Classification:Developing economy




Christian: 96.00%

Chinese folk religion: 8.00%

Baha'i: 1.00%


Protestants: 54650

Catholics: 4840

Independent: 10320

(double affiliation)
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The Marshall Islands are situated in the centre of the Pacific, north of the equator. They were settled by Micronesians several thousand years ago. The islands became part of the protectorate of German New Guinea in 1885, and were conquered by Japan in World War I. After World War II, the Marshall Islands were added to the USA's Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. Independence was achieved in 1990, after a period of free association with the USA. The islands were used by the US for nuclear testing until 1962. Many inhabitants suffered from high radiation levels. At the sixth assembly of the WCC in 1983 in Vancouver, a young Marshallese woman affected by three tumours, Darleen Keju-Johnson, gave a moving testimony of her condition and her struggle for a nuclear-free Pacific. The economy of the Marshall Islands is based on small farming and some processing industry. Christianity came to the islands in the 19th century. The largest churches are United Church of Christ - Congregational, and the Assemblies of God (Pentecostal).


Ecumenical Organizations and Councils

    WCC member churches based in Marshall Islands

    WCC member churches present in Marshall Islands

      Note: The list of churches present in countries is still in development.

      Last updated: 01/01/06