MICRONESIA,-FEDERATED-STATES-OF

Information about travelling to Micronesia,-Federated-States-of

Micronesia,-Federated-States-of is located in Oceania, island group in the North Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Indonesia

Facts about Micronesia,-Federated-States-of
Population107,665 (July 2008 est.)
CapitalPalikir
Time zoneUTC+11 (16 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Location Oceania, island group in the North Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Indonesia

General info about Micronesia,-Federated-States-of
In 1979 the Federated States of Micronesia, a UN Trust Territory under US administration, adopted a constitution. In 1986 independence was attained under a Compact of Free Association with the US, which was amended and renewed in 2004. Present concerns include large-scale unemployment, overfishing, and overdependence on US aid.
Languages spoken
English (official and common language), Chuukese, Kosrean, Pohnpeian, Yapese, Ulithian, Woleaian, Nukuoro, Kapingamarangi
What about drugs?
major consumer of cannabis
Ethnic division
Chuukese 48.8%, Pohnpeian 24.2%, Kosraean 6.2%, Yapese 5.2%, Yap outer islands 4.5%, Asian 1.8%, Polynesian 1.5%, other 6.4%, unknown 1.4% (2000 census)
HIV/AIDS prevalence rate
NA
Climate
tropical; heavy year-round rainfall, especially in the eastern islands; located on southern edge of the typhoon belt with occasionally severe damage
Resources
forests, marine products, deep-seabed minerals, phosphate
Economy
Economic activity consists primarily of subsistence farming and fishing. The islands have few mineral deposits worth exploiting, except for high-grade phosphate. The potential for a tourist industry exists, but the remote location, a lack of adequate facilities, and limited air connections hinder development. Under the original terms of the Compact of Free Association, the US provided $1.3 billion in grant aid during the period 1986-2001; the level of aid has been subsequently reduced. The Amended Compact of Free Association with the US guarantees the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) millions of dollars in annual aid through 2023, and establishes a Trust Fund into which the US and the FSM make annual contributions in order to provide annual payouts to the FSM in perpetuity after 2023. The country's medium-term economic outlook appears fragile due not only to the reduction in US assistance but also to the current slow growth of the private sector.
Environment
overfishing, climate change, pollution

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