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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.
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.
Government of Palau
Type: Constitutional republic in free association with United
Independence (from U.S.-administered UN trusteeship): October
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.
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)
Official Name of Palau
The Official Name of Palau is the Republic of Palau. (Facts
from the U.S. State Department)
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
Religion: Roman Catholic, Protestant, Modekngei (an indigenous
Languages: English (official in all 16 states), Palauan.
Health: Life expectancy--male 68 yrs.; female 76 yrs. Infant
Work force: Public sector--33%; private sector--67%.
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