[ Map of Northern Mariana]
Northern Mariana covers an area of just 464 square kilometers and is inhabited by over 55,000 people. Saipan, Rota, Tinian, and Pagan are some of the main islands.
Saipan has an international airport. There are smaller airports on Rota and Tinian.
The country’s official languages are English, Chamorro, and Carolinian.
The people on the island lead a Spanish Roman Catholic way of life but strongly influenced by the American culture.
There are two active volcanoes on the islands of Pagan and Agrihan.
People born in the Northern Mariana Islands are both citizens of the United States and citizens of the Northern Mariana Islands. US citizens can live and work in the country without a visa.
Saipan is the center of all activity and the main tourist destination. The island is also home to the country’s capital, the city of Capitol Hill.
Tinian is likely to have been the first island in Oceania to have been settled by humans.