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Capitol complex, in Ngerulmud, Palau
Capitol complex, in Ngerulmud, Palau's capital.
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Location map of Palau. Where in the Pacific is Palau?
Location map of Palau
Destination Palau, a virtual guide to Belau (the traditional name), an archipelago in the southern part of the Western Caroline Islands chain with more than 500 islands is located in the Micronesia region of the western Pacific Ocean, southeast of the Philippines and north of West Papua (Indonesia).

Palau is an independent republic since 1994. It was part of the Pacific Islands Trust Territory administered by the United States.

The island nation has a combined land area of 490 km² (189 sq mi), making it slightly larger than Andorra, or somewhat smaller than 3 times the size of the District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.).

Palau has a population of 17,660 people (2015 census) spread across hundreds of islands. Capital is Ngerulmud in Melekeok state on Babeldaob, Palau's largest island. Spoken languages are English and Palauan (Sonsorolese and Tobian, both Micronesian languages), Japanese.

Republic of Palau | Beluu er a Belau

Country Profile

The Republic of Palau with its main island Babeldaob (Babelthuap), is an island nation in the northern Pacific Ocean, located some 700 km east of the Philippines, perched on the Kyushu-Palau Ridge. The westernmost cluster of the Caroline Islands consists of 20 large islands and 566 smaller islands and is one of the world's youngest and least populated nations.

After 47 years as part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (TTPI), under US administration, Palau (Belau) 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.

related countries: Federated States of Micronesia

other Micronesian island nations: Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, and Northern Mariana Islands

Official Name:
Beluu er a Belau
short form: Belau
int'l long form: Republic of Palau
int'l short form: Palau
formerly: Pelew Islands

ISO Country Code: pw

Local Time = UTC +9h
Actual Time: Fri-Apr-20  02:34

Country Calling Code: +680

Capital City: Ngerulmud, Melekeok (on the island of Babeldaob)
Koror was the former capital until 6 October 2006.

Type: Constitutional government in free association with the US; the Compact of Free Association entered into force 1 October 1994.
Internally self-governed since 1981 until
independence (from U.S.-administered UN trusteeship) on 1 October 1994.
Constitution: 1 January 1981.

Location: Oceania, group of islands in the Western Pacific Ocean, southeast of the Philippines.
Area: 490 km² (189 sq. mi.) in eight main islands plus more than 250 islets.
Terrain: A mountainous volcanic main island and smaller, reef-rimmed coral islands.

Climate: Tropical; hot and humid; wet season May to November.

Nationality: Noun and adjective--Palauan.
Population: 20,000 (2010)
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.
Literacy: 92%.

Natural resources: Forests, minerals (especially gold), marine products, deep-seabed minerals.

Agriculture products: Coconuts, copra, cassava (tapioca), sweet potatoes.

Industries: Tourism, craft items (from shell, wood, pearls), construction, garment making.

Exports - commodities: shellfish, tuna, copra, garments

Imports - commodities: machinery and equipment, fuels, metals; foodstuffs

Currency: US dollar (USD)

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Official Sites of Palau

Palau Government
Official government website for the Republic of Palau.

Diplomatic Missions
Embassy of the Republic of Palau
Washington, D.C.

Intergovernmental organisations
Pacific Islands Forum
Inter-governmental organization for the cooperation between the countries of the Pacific Ocean.
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
Intergovernmental organisation of the Pacific islands.

Office of Planning & Statistics
Palau in figures.


Map of Palau
Political map of Palau.
Republic of Palau map
Relief map of the islands.
Google Earth Google Earth Palau
Searchable map and satellite view of the West Pacific Islands and Palau.
Google Earth Google Earth Ngerulmud
Searchable map and satellite view of Palau's capital in Melekeok State.

Map of Micronesia
Map of the Island States of Micronesia.
profile Oceania Map
Reference map of Australia/Oceania.

Palau traditional meeting house
Replica of a Bai, a traditional meeting house (for men), Belau National Museum, Koror, Palau
Image: Matt Kieffer


Micronesia News
Community website with Micronesia related news.

The CocoNET Wireless
Australia based Pacific Islands News and Information.
Pacific Islands Report
Pacific Islands related News.

WWFM 89.5 Radio in the Republic of Palau
Radio station at Koror, easy listening, classical and jazz and Palauan music.


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Arts & Culture

Belau National Museum
Records Palau's past and present through collection, identification, documentation, preservation, interpretation, education and research.

Festival of Pacific Arts, Palau
The Festival of Pacific Arts brings peoples of the Pacific together in a welcoming and social gathering to exchange cultures for mutual understanding and appreciation of one another's culture.
Palauan female dancer
Palauan female dancers

Business & Economy

Yellow pages, Palau National Communications Corporation
Online business telephone directory.

Palau Air 
Connections to Darwin, Manila, Guam and Micronesia. (Sevice suspended)
Travel and Tour Consumer Information

Destination Palau - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Palau: Koror, Angaur, Babeldaob, Kayangel, Ngemelis, Northern Reefs, Peleliu, Rock Islands, Sonsorol, Velasco Reef.
Dive sites: Blue Corner, Chandelier Cave, Big Drop Off, Jellyfish Lake, Blue Holes.

Visit Palau
Information about the island nation by Palau Visitors Authority.

Palau Visitors Authority
Palau information in German.

Palau National Communications Corporation
More visitor information from PNCC, the national carrier for local and international telecommunications services.

Palau Airai
Beautiful site about Airai, the southernmost state on the island of Babeldaob.

Sonsorol Island
Sonsorol Island(Dongosaro)
The official site of Sonsorol island state.

Scuba Diving
Fish'n Fins
Scuba Diving with Palau's Pioneer Diveshop.

Jane Rresture's Plau page
Images and information about Palau.
Pacific Island Travel
Comprehensive page about Palau's culture, history and nature.
Palau Islands
Private page provides information about a "Place out of History."

Palau a Dive Paradise
Palau is a Dive Paradise

Traditional Meeting House
A 'bai', a traditional men meeting house.


Palau Ministry of Education
The site provides information on Palau's school system.
Palau Community College
Institution for post high-school occupational and academic training.

Environment & Nature

Palau Conservation Society
Dedicated to the protection of Palau's environment.
Palau International Coral Reef Center
Established to support a self-sustaining, non-profit coral reef center and marine park that will provide a forum for coral reef studies, research and education.
Micronesia Water and Wastewater training project
Designed to improve the operation, maintenance, and management of water and wastewater utilities.
South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
The Pacific region's major intergovernmental organisation charged with protecting and managing the environment and natural resources.
Rock Islands
Palau's famous Floating Garden Islands


Ancient Palau
About Palau's history.
The Legend of Ochaeo
Until recently the history of Palau has been passed on from generation to generation by oral tradition, usually in the form of legends or myths.
The Legend of Ochaeo, which is one of Palau's newer legends, is popularly accepted as historical, although it is not verifiable.

Additional Information on Palau

BBC News Country Profile: Palau

Open Directory Project: Palau

Wikipedia: Palau

The World Factbook -- Palau
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