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Midway Islands - Introduction 1998
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Background: The US took formal possession of the islands in 1867. The laying of the trans-Pacific cable which passed through the islands brought the first residents in 1903. Between 1935 and 1947 Midway was used as a refueling stop for trans-Pacific flights. The US naval victory over a Japanese fleet off Midway in 1942 was one of the turning points of World War II. The islands continued to serve as a naval station until closed in 1993. Today the islands are a wildlife refuge open to the public.

Midway Islands - Geography 1998
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Location: Oceania, atoll in the North Pacific Ocean, about one-third of the way from Honolulu to Tokyo

Geographic coordinates: 28 13 N, 177 22 W

Map referenceOceania

Total: 6.2 km²
Land: 6.2 km²
Water: 0 km²
Note: includes Eastern Island and Sand Island
Comparative: about nine times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

Land boundaries: 0 km

Coastline: 15 km

Maritime claims
Exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Territorial sea: 12 nm

Climate: tropical, but moderated by prevailing easterly winds

Terrain: low, nearly level

Extremes lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
Extremes highest point: unnamed location 4 m

Natural resources: fish, wildlife
Land use

Land use
Arable land: 0%
Permanent crops: 0%
Permanent pastures: 0%
Forests and woodland: 0%
Other: 100%

Irrigated land: 0 km² (1993)

Major rivers

Major watersheds area km²

Total water withdrawal

Total renewable water resources

Natural hazards: NA

Note: a coral atoll; closed to the public

Midway Islands - People 1998
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Population: no indigenous inhabitants
Growth rate: 0% (1998 est.)


Ethnic groups



Demographic profile
Age structure

Age structure

Dependency ratios

Median age

Population growth rate: 0% (1998 est.)

Birth rate

Death rate

Net migration rate

Population distribution


Major urban areas

Current issues: NA
International agreements party to: NA
International agreements signed but not ratified: NA

Air pollutants

Sex ratio

Mothers mean age at first birth

Maternal mortality ratio

Infant mortality rate

Life expectancy at birth

Total fertility rate

Contraceptive prevalence rate

Drinking water source

Current health expenditure

Physicians density

Hospital bed density

Sanitation facility access


Major infectious diseases

Obesity adult prevalence rate

Alcohol consumption

Tobacco use

Children under the age of 5 years underweight

Education expenditures


School life expectancy primary to tertiary education

Youth unemployment

Midway Islands - Government 1998
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Country name
Conventional long form: none
Conventional short form: Midway Islands

Government type

Capital: none; administered from Washington, DC

Administrative divisions

Dependent areas


National holiday


Legal system: NA

International law organization participation



Executive branch

Legislative branch

Judicial branch

Political parties and leaders

International organization participation

Diplomatic representation

Flag descriptionflag of Midway%20Islands: the flag of the US is used

National symbols

National anthem

National heritage

Midway Islands - Economy 1998
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Economy overview: The economy is based on providing support services for any remaining activities located on the islands. All food and manufactured goods must be imported.

Real gdp purchasing power parity

Real gdp growth rate

Real gdp per capita ppp

Gross national saving
Gdp composition by sector of origin

Gdp composition by end use

Gdp composition by sector of origin

Agriculture products


Industrial production growth rate

Labor force
Labor force

Unemployment rate

Youth unemployment

Population below poverty line

Gini index

Household income or consumption by percentage share

Distribution of family income gini index


Public debt

Taxes and other revenues


Fiscal year

Current account balance

Inflation rate consumer prices

Central bank discount rate

Commercial bank prime lending rate

Stock of narrow money

Stock of broad money

Stock of domestic credit

Market value of publicly traded shares

Current account balance



Reserves of foreign exchange and gold

Debt external

Stock of direct foreign investment at home

Stock of direct foreign investment abroad

Exchange rates

Midway Islands - Energy 1998
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Electricity access

Electricity production: NA kWh

Electricity consumption

Electricity exports

Electricity imports

Electricity installed generating capacity

Electricity transmission distribution losses

Electricity generation sources


Refined petroleum

Natural gas

Carbon dioxide emissions

Energy consumption per capita

Midway Islands - Communication 1998
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Telephones fixed lines

Telephones mobile cellular

Telephone system

Broadcast media

Internet country code

Internet users

Broadband fixed subscriptions

Midway Islands - Military 1998
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Military expenditures

Military and security forces

Military service age and obligation

Terrorist groups

Midway Islands - Transportation 1998
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National air transport system

Civil aircraft registration country code prefix

Airports: 3 (1997 est.)
With paved runways total: 2
With paved runways 15-24 to 2437 m: 2 (1997 est.)
With unpaved runways total: 1
With unpaved runways 914 to 1523 m: 1 (1997 est.)

Airports with paved runways
Total: 2
15-24 to 2437 m: 2 (1997 est.)

Airports with unpaved runways
Total: 1
914 to 1523 m: 1 (1997 est.)


Pipelines: 7.8 km




Merchant marine

Ports and terminals

Midway Islands - Transnational issues 1998
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Disputes international: none

Refugees and internally displaced persons

Illicit drugs

Qatar Airways

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