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    Nationality: Noun and adjective--Nauruan (s).
    Population (2002 est.): 12,329.
    Annual growth rate: 1.96%.
    Ethnic groups: Nauruan 58%, other Pacific Islander 26%, Chinese 8%, European 8%.
    Religions: Christian (two-thirds Protestant, one-third Roman Catholic).
    Languages: Nauruan, English.
    Education: Literacy--99%.
    Health (2002): Infant mortality rate--10.52/1,000. Life expectancy (est.)--61.57 yrs. women 65.26 yrs; men 58.05 yrs.
    Work force: No figures available.
    Unemployment: No figures available.

    People of Nauru
    Nauruans descended from Polynesian and Micronesian seafarers. Grouped in clans or tribes, early Nauruans traced their descent on the female side. They believed in a female deity, Eijebong, and a spirit land, also an island, called Buitani. Two of the 12 original tribal groups became extinct during the 20th century.


  • Nauru Geography
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  • Nauru History