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Administrative divisions 16 states; Aimeliik, Airai, Angaur, Hatohobei, Kayangel, Koror, Melekeok, Ngaraard, Ngarchelong, Ngardmau, Ngatpang, Ngchesar, Ngeremlengui, Ngiwal, Peleliu, Sonsorol
Age structure 0-14 years: 26.3% (male 2,789/female 2,622)

15-64 years: 69.1% (male 7,664/female 6,549)

65 years and over: 4.6% (male 453/female 502) (2006 est.)
Agriculture - products coconuts, copra, cassava (tapioca), sweet potatoes; fish
Airports 3 (2006)
Airports - with paved runways total: 1

1,524 to 2,437 m: 1 (2006)
Airports - with unpaved runways total: 2

1,524 to 2,437 m: 2 (2006)
Area total: 458 sq km

land: 458 sq km

water: 0 sq km
Area - comparative slightly more than 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC
Background 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.
Birth rate 18.03 births/1,000 population (2006 est.)
Budget revenues: $72.07 million

expenditures: $72.43 million; including capital expenditures of $12.98 million (FY98/99 est.)
Capital name: Melekeok

geographic coordinates: 7 29 N, 134 38 E

time difference: UTC+9 (14 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Climate tropical; hot and humid; wet season May to November
Coastline 1,519 km
Constitution 1 January 1981
Country name conventional long form: Republic of Palau

conventional short form: Palau

local long form: Beluu er a Belau

local short form: Belau

former: Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Palau District
Death rate 6.8 deaths/1,000 population (2006 est.)
Debt - external $0 (FY99/00)
Diplomatic representation from the US chief of mission: US ambassador to the Philippines is accredited to Palau

embassy: Koror (no street address)

mailing address: P. O. Box 6028, Republic of Palau 96940

telephone: [680] 488-2920, 2990

FAX: [680] 488-2911
Diplomatic representation in the US chief of mission: Ambassador Hersey KYOTA

chancery: 1700 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20006

telephone: [1] (202) 452-6814

FAX: [1] (202) 452-6281

consulate(s) general: Honolulu

consulate(s): Tamuning (Guam)
Disputes - international border delineation disputes being negotiated with Philippines, Indonesia
Economic aid - recipient $19.6 million; note - the Compact of Free Association with the US, entered into after the end of the UN trusteeship on 1 October 1994, provides Palau with up to $700 million in US aid over 15 years in return for furnishing military facilities
Economy - overview 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. Business and tourist arrivals numbered 63,000 in 2003. The population enjoys a per capita income twice 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.
Elevation extremes lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m

highest point: Mount Ngerchelchuus 242 m
Environment - current issues inadequate facilities for disposal of solid waste; threats to the marine ecosystem from sand and coral dredging, illegal fishing practices, and overfishing
Environment - international agreements party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection

signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
Ethnic groups 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)
Exchange rates the US dollar is used
Executive branch chief of state: President Tommy Esang REMENGESAU, Jr. (since 19 January 2001) and Vice President Camsek CHIN (since 1 January 2005); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government

head of government: President Tommy Esang REMENGESAU, Jr. (since 19 January 2001) and Vice President Camsek CHIN (since 1 January 2005)

cabinet: NA

elections: president and vice president elected on separate tickets by popular vote for four-year terms (eligible for a second term); election last held 2 November 2004 (next to be held November 2008)

election results: Tommy Esang REMENGESAU, Jr. reelected president; percent of vote - Tommy Esang REMENGESAU, Jr. 64%, Polycarp BASILIUS 33%; Elias Camsek CHIN elected vice president; percent of vote - Elias Camsek CHIN 70%, Sandra PIERANTOZZI 29%
Exports $5.882 million f.o.b. (2004 est.)
Exports - commodities shellfish, tuna, copra, garments
Exports - partners US, Japan, Singapore (2004)
Fiscal year 1 October - 30 September
Flag description light blue with a large yellow disk (representing the moon) shifted slightly to the hoist side
GDP - composition by sector agriculture: NA% 6.2%

industry: NA% 12%

services: NA% 81.8%
GDP - real growth rate 5.5% (2005 est.)
Geographic coordinates 7 30 N, 134 30 E
Geography - note westernmost archipelago in the Caroline chain, consists of six island groups totaling more than 300 islands; includes World War II battleground of Beliliou (Peleliu) and world-famous rock islands
Household income or consumption by percentage share lowest 10%: NA%

highest 10%: NA%
Imports $107.3 million f.o.b. (2004 est.)
Imports - commodities machinery and equipment, fuels, metals; foodstuffs
Imports - partners US, Singapore, Japan, South Korea (2004)
Independence 1 October 1994 (from the US-administered UN Trusteeship)
Industrial production growth rate NA%
Industries tourism, craft items (from shell, wood, pearls), construction, garment making
Infant mortality rate total: 14.46 deaths/1,000 live births

male: 16.19 deaths/1,000 live births

female: 12.63 deaths/1,000 live births (2006 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices) 2.7% (2005 est.)
International organization participation ACP, AsDB, FAO, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IDA, IFC, IFRCS, IMF, IOC, IPU, MIGA, OPCW, PIF, Sparteca, SPC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, WHO
Irrigated land NA
Judicial branch Supreme Court; National Court; Court of Common Pleas
Labor force 9,777 (2005)
Labor force - by occupation agriculture: 20%

industry: NA%

services: NA% (1990)
Land boundaries 0 km
Land use arable land: 8.7%

permanent crops: 4.35%

other: 86.95% (2005)
Languages 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%, Japanese 1.5%, other Asian 2.3%, other languages 1.5% (2000 census)
Legal system based on Trust Territory laws, acts of the legislature, municipal, common, and customary laws
Legislative branch bicameral Parliament or Olbiil Era Kelulau (OEK) consists of the Senate (9 seats; members elected by popular vote on a population basis to serve four-year terms) and the House of Delegates (16 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)

elections: Senate - last held 2 November 2004 (next to be held November 2008); House of Delegates - last held 2 November 2004 (next to be held November 2008)

election results: Senate - percent of vote - NA%; seats - independents 9 (four new members elected); House of Delegates - percent of vote - NA%; seats - independents 16 (one new member elected)
Life expectancy at birth total population: 70.42 years

male: 67.26 years

female: 73.77 years (2006 est.)
Literacy definition: age 15 and over can read and write

total population: 92%

male: 93%

female: 90% (1980 est.)
Location Oceania, group of islands in the North Pacific Ocean, southeast of the Philippines
Map references Oceania
Maritime claims territorial sea: 3 nm

exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Military - note defense is the responsibility of the US; under a Compact of Free Association between Palau and the US, the US military is granted access to the islands for 50 years, but it has not stationed any military forces there (2005)
Military branches no regular military forces; Palau National Police (2006)
Military expenditures - dollar figure NA
Military expenditures - percent of GDP NA
National holiday Constitution Day, 9 July (1979)
Nationality noun: Palauan(s)

adjective: Palauan
Natural hazards typhoons (June to December)
Natural resources forests, minerals (especially gold), marine products, deep-seabed minerals
Net migration rate 1.85 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2006 est.)
Political parties and leaders none
Political pressure groups and leaders NA
Population 20,579 (July 2006 est.)
Population below poverty line NA%
Population growth rate 1.31% (2006 est.)
Radio broadcast stations AM 1, FM 4, shortwave 1 (2002)
Religions Roman Catholic 41.6%, Protestant 23.3%, Modekngei 8.8% (indigenous to Palau), Seventh-Day Adventist 5.3%, Jehovah's Witness 0.9%, Latter-Day Saints 0.6%, other religion 3.1%, unspecified or none 16.4% (2000 census)
Sex ratio at birth: 1.06 male(s)/female

under 15 years: 1.06 male(s)/female

15-64 years: 1.17 male(s)/female

65 years and over: 0.9 male(s)/female

total population: 1.13 male(s)/female (2006 est.)
Suffrage 18 years of age; universal
Telephone system general assessment: NA

domestic: NA

international: country code - 680; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Pacific Ocean)
Telephones - main lines in use 6,700 (2002)
Telephones - mobile cellular 1,000 (2002)
Television broadcast stations 1 (cable) (2005)
Terrain varying geologically from the high, mountainous main island of Babelthuap to low, coral islands usually fringed by large barrier reefs
Total fertility rate 2.46 children born/woman (2006 est.)
Unemployment rate 4.2% (2005 est.)
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