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Palau

Presidential republic
independant since 1994
Palau
Region:
Micronesia
Area:
460 km²
Local name:
Belau/Palau
Palau on the world map

Geography

Palau is an archipelago in the western part of the Pacific. The dwarf state has a total area of only 460 km² (178 mi²) and a total coastline of 1,519 km (943.9 mi). This land area is about 2.6 times the size of Washington, D.C. Palau is thus the tenth smallest country in Oceania and ranked 200th in the world. The highest elevation in the country (Mount Ngerchelchuus) is 242 meters.

The archipelago consists of about 340 partially uninhabited islands. Palau has no direct neighbours.

Population

Birthrate:
11.2 ‰
Deathrate:
10.8 ‰

Currency

The currency in Palau is US Dollar (USD).
1 Dollar is divided into 100 Cents.
Status: 09/16/2021
1 Euro = 1.18 Dollar
1 Dollar = 0.85 Euro

The climate in Palau

In Palau, as in all equatorial countries, there is a tropical climate. Unlike in Europe or the USA, there is almost no difference between the seasons. The daylight hours vary little, and the temperature differences between summer and winter are also lesser. Depending on the season, the average daytime temperatures range between 30 and 31 degrees. In the colder months and depending in the region, the temperature lowers down to 25°C in a month's average.

Average daytime and nighttime temperatures
Average daytime and nighttime temperatures in Palau
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Languages

Official language:
Palauan, English

mother tonguedistribution
Palauan66.6 %
English15.5 %
Filipino10.8 %
Chinese1.8 %
Carolinian0.7 %
other4.6 %

Religions

Branchdistribution
Adventists5.3%
Roman Catholics49.4%
other Protestants25.6%
Jehovah's Witnesses1.1%
Modekngei8.7%
other9.9%

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Economy

GDP:2.02 bn $
Exportations:142.6 M $
Importations:206.8 M $
Tourism receipts:123.00 M $
Unemployment rate:1.7 %
Inflation rate:1.28 %

According to the definition of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Palau is one of the developing countries because of its lower economic performance. With an Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.826 Palau counts as one of the high developed economies by UN-definition. However, the IMF does not share this classification. Palau is sometimes referred to as a tax haven.

Land use

7% Urban areas:31 km²
11% Agricultural areas:50 km²
88% Forest:403 km²

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Transport

Roadways:125 km
Commercial harbors:232
Airports:3

Most important cities

CityRegionPopulation
Koror TownKoror13,000
KororKoror12,000
KloulklubedPeleliu702
UlimangNgaraard581
MengellangNgarchelong488
Ngchesar HamletNgchesar300
Melekeok VillageMelekeok271
NgchemiangelAimeliik270
NgerkeaiNgiwal223
NgardmauNgardmau221
Angaur StateAngaur188
KayangelKayangel188
Imeong HamletNgaremlengui132
NgetkibAirai62
Tobi VillageHatohobei44
Sonsorol VillageSonsorol30




Political indicators

(Based on the "Worldwide Governance Indicators" project of the World Bank)

Political stability:
Rule of law:
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Voice accountability:
Death penalty:abolished in 1994



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