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Countries of the World: Palau
Resources about Palau including maps, facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, and economy.

Economy of Palau GDP (2009 est.): $178.4 million. GDP per capita (2009 est.): $8,941. National income (GDP + foreign assistance): estimated to be over $200 million. National income per capita: estimated at $10,000. GDP composition by sector: Trade--21%, public administration-- 20%, construction--15%, hotels and restaurants--10%, finance and insurance--8%, transport and communication--8%. Industry: Types--trade, government, construction, tourism. Trade: Exports ($5.9 million, 2004)--fish, handicrafts. Export markets--U.S., Japan, and Taiwan. Imports ($129.5 million, 2008)--fuel and related minerals, machinery and transport equipment, beverages and tobacco, manufactured goods, and food and live animals. Import sources--U.S. (Guam), Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and Korea. External debt (2006): $38 million. Currency: U.S. dollar.
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/1840.htm

Geography of Palau Area: 458 sq. km. (about 190 sq. mi.) in eight main islands plus more than 250 islets. Cities: Capital--Melekeok (pop. 391). Terrain: Varies from mountainous main island to smaller, reef- rimmed coral islands. Climate: Tropical.
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/1840.htm

Government of Palau Type: Constitutional republic in free association with United States. Independence (from U.S.-administered UN trusteeship): October 1, 1994. Constitution: January 1, 1981. Branches: Executive--president (head of state and government), vice president, cabinet. Legislative--bicameral parliament elected by popular vote. Judicial--Supreme Court, National Court, Court of Common Pleas, and the Land Court.
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/1840.htm

Map of Palau This Map of Palau shows the borders of the country, as well as rivers, and cities including Melekeok the capital of Palau. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/1840.htm

Official Name of Palau The Official Name of Palau is the Republic of Palau. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/1840.htm

People of Palau Nationality: Noun and adjective--Palauan. Population: Approximately 20,000 (non-Palauan population, approx. 6,000). Age structure--less than 15 years old, 5,150; 16-64 years old, 13,600; more than 65 years old, 1,130. Population growth rate: 1.3%. Ethnic groups: Palauans are Micronesian with Malayan and Melanesian elements. Religion: Roman Catholic, Protestant, Modekngei (an indigenous Palauan religion). Languages: English (official in all 16 states), Palauan. Education: Literacy--95.2%. Health: Life expectancy--male 68 yrs.; female 76 yrs. Infant mortality rate--16.2/1,000. Work force: Public sector--33%; private sector--67%.
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/1840.htm



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