Palau

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Republic of Palau
Beluu er a Belau
Anthem: Belau rekid
Our Palau
Location of Palau (circled) in the western Pacific Ocean.
Location of Palau (circled) in the western Pacific Ocean.
Capital Ngerulmud, Melekeok Statea[1]
7°21′N 134°28′E / 7.35°N 134.467°E / 7.35; 134.467
Largest city Koror
Official languages
Recognised regional languages
Ethnic groups (2000)
Demonym Palauan
Government Unitary presidential democratic republic
 -  President Tommy Remengesau
 -  Vice President Antonio Bells
Legislature National Congress
Independence
 -  Compact of Free Association with the United States 1 October 1994 
Area
 -  Total 459 km2 (196th)
177 sq mi 
 -  Water (%) negligible
Population
 -  2011 estimate 20,956 (218th)
 -  Density 28.4/km2
45.5/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2008 estimate
 -  Total $164 million[2] (not ranked)
 -  Per capita $8,100[2] (119th)
HDI (2011) 0.782[3]
high · 49th
Currency United States dollar (USD)
Time zone (UTC+9)
Drives on the right
Calling code +680
Internet TLD .pw
a. On 7 October 2006, government officials moved their offices in the former capital of Koror to Ngerulmud in Melekeok State, located 20 km (12 mi) northeast of Koror on Babelthaup Island and 2 km (1 mi) northwest of Melekeok village.
Map of Palau

Palau, officially the Republic of Palau, is an island nation. It is the Pacific Ocean. Palau is 300 miles (500 km) east of the Philippines. It got independence from United Nations trusteeship administration (administered by the United States of America) in 1994. It is one of the world's youngest and smallest nations. It is sometimes referred to in English under its native name Belau. The capital city of Palau is Melekeok. This has been true since October 1, 2006.

States[change | edit source]

The sixteen states of Palau

Palau is divided into sixteen administrative states:

Climate[change | edit source]

Palau has a tropical climate all year round. Average yearly temperature is around 82 °F (27 °C).

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Reference[change | edit source]

  1. "Government offices moved to a new National Capitol Building complex located at Ngerulmud, Melekeok State" US Department of State. Palau (02/09). Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2008 estimate. "Palau". CIA World Factbook. CIA. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ps.html. Retrieved 9 August 2009.
  3. Human Development Index and its components. undp.org (2011).

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