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(Democratic Republic of Palau)
Area: 458 sq.km. (about 190 sq. miles) on eight main islands and more than 250 islands.
Cities: Stolitsa-Melekeok (391).
Landscape: varies from the mountain main island to small islands with coral reeves.
Nationality: Noun and adjective Palau.
Population: 19 907 people. Age structure: 72,2% of-15-64 years; 5,7% are more senior than 65 years. Middle age: 32,3.
Growth rate: 0,8%.
Ethnic groups: Swimmers are Micronesias with the Malayan and Melanesian elements.
Religion: Catholic, Protestant, Modekngei (radical religion of Palau).
Languages: English (official in all 16 states), Palau.
Education: literacy - 92%.
Health: The expected life expectancy - the man of 66 years; woman 74 years. Coefficient of infantile mortality - 16,2/1000.
Labor: public sector - 56%; the private sector - 44%.
Type: The constitutional republic in free association with the United States.
Independence: (from the subordinate of the USA of guardianship of the UN) on October 1, 1994.
Constitution: January 1, 1981.
Government branches: executive president (head of state and governments), vice-president, office. The legislative two-chamber parliament is elected national vote. Judicial Supreme Court, National court, Court of general laws and land court.
GDP: (2005) 144,7 US dollars.
GDP per capita: 7 267 US dollars.
National income: (GDP + foreign help) 184,4 mln. dollars of the USA.
National income per capita: 8 643 US dollars.
Structure of GDP by sectors: public administration of 23%, trade of 20%, construction of 15%, hotels and restaurants of 11%, transport and communication of 9%, fishery of 2%, agriculture of 1%, production and production of 1%.
Industry: Types - the government, trade, construction, tourism.
Trade: export (5,9 mln. dollars of the USA, 2004) - fishes, crafts. The export markets - the USA, Japan and Taiwan. Import (107,257 mln. dollars of the USA) - fuel, food and drinks, industrial goods. Import sources - the USA (Guam), Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and Korea.
External debt: 38 mln. dollars of the USA (2006).
Currency: US dollar.
GEOGRAPHY AND PEOPLE
The republic of Palau consists of eight main islands and more than 250 smaller, located approximately in 500 miles to the southeast from Philippines. The island of Palau make a part of a chain of the Caroline Islands. About 70% of residents of Palau live in the capital of Korora on the island of Koror. However the capital moved in 2006 from Koror to recently constructed complex in the state of Melekek on larger, but less developed island Babeldaoba - the second-large island in all Micronesia after Guam.
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