Quick Facts

  • Officially known as the Republic of Palau
  • For 3 decades, it was part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific under U.S. administration. A Compact of Free Association with the U.S. was ratified in 1993. It entered into force on October 1, 1994 when Palau gained its independence.
  • Location: Oceania, group of island (300 +)  in the North Pacific Ocean, southeast of the Philippines
  • Area: 177 sq. miles, slightly more than 2.5 times the size of Washington D.C.
  • Population: 21,265
  • Capital: Melekeok (pop. 299)
  • Climate: tropical, hot and humid; wet season May-November
  • Terrain: varying geologically from the high mountains main island of Babelthuap to low, coral islands usually fringed by large barrier reefs
  • Nationality: Palauans
  • Major ethnic group: Palauan
  • Official language: Palauan, English
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Literacy: 99.5%
  • Economy: consists primarily of tourism, subsistence agriculture and fishing. The government is the major employer of the work force depending heavily on financial assistance from the U.S. The U.S. provides defense, funding, and access to social services.
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • Palau has a constitutional government in free association with the United States; the Compact of Free Association entered into force on Oct. 1, 1994
  • Chief of state and head of government: President Tommy Remengesau (since 2013) – elected by popular vote

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Healthcare Statistics

  • Life expectancy: 72.87 years
  • Health expenditures: 9.9% of GDP
  • Physicians density: 1.38 physicians/1,000 population
  • Hospital bed density: 4.8 beds/1,000 population
  • Obesity: 47.1%
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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Communications are obviously a key component in planning a trip and coordinating logistics. Depending on the country, there may be several options available. Several aspects of communication are discussed here to help you along. Cell phones – Cellular phone technology is usually an option in most countries, but varies depending on your type of carrier. To check and see […]

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