The majority of the population is micronesia. Just over
90 percent live in the Gilbert Islands, alone on the Tarawa
Atoll, close to 40 percent. Of the 32 atolls, 20 are
The population speaks kiribati (an Austronesian language
from the oceanic group, also known as Gilbertese)
and English, which is the official language.
Countryaah data, the country is totally dominated by Micronesian
Christianity, which replaced the former indigenous religion.
American missionaries introduced the Congregationalist
Church in the 1860s, while it was otherwise completely
characterized by Samoan missionaries. Just over 40% are
Congregationalists today. French religious sisters were the
driving forces in the establishment of a culturally adapted
Catholic church. Kiribati dances and indigenous music styles
were integrated with Latin processions and fairs. The style
of the Roman Catholic Church attracted the people and today
it includes more than 50% of the population. Minor religions
are Seventh-day Adventists, Bahai and Mormons.