• Contested territories
  • Controlled by United States
  • Claimed by Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • Area 7,1 km²
  • Population 100 (non-permanent residents)
  • Motto Where America’s Day Really Begins

Wake Island is one of the most isolated islands in the world. It lies in the western Pacific Ocean, in the northeastern area of the Micronesia subregion. The island, a coral atoll, is an unincorporated territory of the United States that is also claimed by the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The centre of activity is at Wake Island Airfield, which is primarily used as a mid-Pacific refuelling stop for military aircrafts and an emergency landing area. The nearest neighbour of Wake Island is Utirik Atoll in the Marshall Islands, 953 kilometres to the southeast.