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General Information

Palau (historically Belau or Pelew), officially the Republic of Palau, is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean. The country is made up of approximately 340 islands, forming the western chain of the Caroline Islands in Micronesia. It has an area of 466 square kilometres (180 sq. mi). The most populous island is Koror. The capital Ngerulmud is located on the nearby island of Babeldaob, in Melekeok State. Palau shares maritime boundaries with Indonesia, the Philippines, and the Federated States of Micronesia.

Palau's economy is based mainly on tourismsubsistence agriculture and fishing, with a significant portion of gross national product (GNP) derived from foreign aid. The country uses the United States Dollar (USD) as its currency. The islands' culture mixes Micronesian, Melanesian, Asian, and Western elements. Ethnic Palauans, the majority of the population, are of mixed Micronesian, Melanesian, and Austronesian descent. A smaller proportion of the population is descended from Japanese and Filipino settlers. The country's two official languages are Palauan (a member of the wider Sunda–Sulawesi language group) and English, with JapaneseSonsorolese, and Tobian recognised as regional languages.

Politically, Palau is a presidential republic in free association with the United States, which provides defense, funding, and access to social services. Legislative power is concentrated in the bicameral Palau National Congress

 

States of Palau

 

StateCapitalArea (km2)Population (census 2005)
North of Babeldaob
KayangelKayangel3188
Babeldaob
AimeliikMongami52270
AiraiNgetkib442723
MelekeokMelekeok28391
NgaraardUlimang36581
NgarchelongMengellang10488
NgardmauUrdmang47166
NgaremlenguiImeong65317
NgatpangNgereklmadel47464
NgechesarNgersuul4125
NgiwalNgerkeai26223
Southwest of Babeldoab
AngaurNgaramasch8320
KororKoror City1812676
PeleliuKloulklubed18702
Southwest Islands
HatohobeiHatohobei344
SonsorolDongosaru3100

Further generic country information can be located from sources which are regularly maintained and reflect current facts and figures.
For a broader country overview, please consult the following sources:

Palau Wikipedia Country Information - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palau

Palau IMF Country Information - http://www.imf.org/en/Countries/PLW

Humanitarian Info

Palau World Food Programme Information - http://www1.wfp.org/countries/pacific  

Palau UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Information - http://www.unocha.org/pacific/country-profiles/palau

 

Facts and Figures

Palau Wolfram Alpha Information - http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=palau

Palau World Bank Information - https://data.worldbank.org/country/Palau

Palau Population Information - http://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/palau-population/

 

 

 

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