PALAU

Information about travelling to Palau

Palau is located in Oceania, group of islands in the North Pacific Ocean, southeast of the Philippines

Facts about Palau
Population21,093 (July 2008 est.)
CapitalMelekeok
Time zoneUTC+9 (14 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Location Oceania, group of islands in the North Pacific Ocean, southeast of the Philippines

General info about Palau
After three decades as part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific under US administration, this westernmost cluster of the Caroline Islands opted for independence in 1978 rather than join the Federated States of Micronesia. A Compact of Free Association with the US was approved in 1986, but not ratified until 1993. It entered into force the following year, when the islands gained independence.
Languages spoken
Palauan 64.7% official in all islands except Sonsoral (Sonsoralese and English are official), Tobi (Tobi and English are official), and Angaur (Angaur, Japanese, and English are official), Filipino 13.5%, English 9.4%, Chinese 5.7%, Carolinian 1.5%, Japan
Ethnic division
Palauan (Micronesian with Malayan and Melanesian admixtures) 69.9%, Filipino 15.3%, Chinese 4.9%, other Asian 2.4%, white 1.9%, Carolinian 1.4%, other Micronesian 1.1%, other or unspecified 3.2% (2000 census)
HIV/AIDS prevalence rate
NA
Climate
tropical; hot and humid; wet season May to November
Resources
forests, minerals (especially gold), marine products, deep-seabed minerals
Economy
The economy consists primarily of tourism, subsistence agriculture, and fishing. The government is the major employer of the work force relying heavily on financial assistance from the US. The Compact of Free Association with the US, entered into after the end of the UN trusteeship on 1 October 1994, provided Palau with up to $700 million in US aid for the following 15 years in return for furnishing military facilities. Business and tourist arrivals numbered 85,000 in 2007. The population enjoys a per capita income roughly 50% higher than that of the Philippines and much of Micronesia. Long-run prospects for the key tourist sector have been greatly bolstered by the expansion of air travel in the Pacific, the rising prosperity of leading East Asian countries, and the willingness of foreigners to finance infrastructure development.
Environment
inadequate facilities for disposal of solid waste; threats to the marine ecosystem from sand and coral dredging, illegal fishing practices, and overfishing

Cities in Palau

airai     imeong     kloulklubed     koror     melekeok     meyungs     ngaramash     ngermechau     ngetkip     ollei     ulimang    


Airports in Palau
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