Tarawa is an atoll and the capital of the Republic of Kiribati. It comprises North Tarawa, which has much in common with other, more remote islands of the Gilberts group; and South Tarawa, which is home to 50,182 as of 2010 – half of the country’s total population.
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The name “Kiritimati” is a rather straightforward respelling of the English word “Christmas” in the Kiribati language, in which the combination ti is pronounced, and the name is thus pronounced /kəˈrɪsməs/. The island has the greatest land area of any coral atoll in the world, about 388 square kilometres.
Tabiteuea, formerly Drummond’s Island, is an atoll in the Gilbert Islands, Kiribati, farther south of the Tarawa Atoll. The atoll consists of two main islands: Eanikai in the north, Nuguti in the south, and several smaller islets in between along the eastern rim of the atoll.