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Jeep island, Chuuk, FSM
Jeep island, a remote islands within the Truk Lagoon of Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia.
Image: Matt Kieffer
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Location map of Micronesia. Where in Oceania are the Federated States of Micronesia?
Location map of Micronesia
Destination Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), a tropical 2,700 km (1,678 mi) long island chain, some hundred miles north of the equator.

The country consists of a group of four associated island states which comprises most of the 600 plus islands of the Caroline Islands Archipelago in the Pacific Ocean.

The four states are, Chuuk (Truk) islands, Kosrae (Kosaie), Pohnpei (Ponape) and Yap. The FSM shares maritime borders with the Marshall Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, and Guam (United States).

The FSM covers a total land area of 702 km², this is about the size of Singapore, or about four times the size of Washington, DC.

The FSM has a population of about 110,000 inhabitants. Largest island is Pohnpei, home to the nation's capital Palikir, a town with about 4,800 people. Largest city is Weno on Chuuk, a huge atoll about 450 mi west of Pohnpei.

Spoken languages are English, and the Austronesian languages Chuukese, Kosraean, Pohnpeian, Yapese, Ulithian, and Woleaian (all of them official).

Federated States of Micronesia

Country Profile

In 1979 the Federated States of Micronesia, a UN Trust Territory under US administration, adopted a constitution. In 1986 independence was attained under a Compact of Free Association with the United States. Present concerns include large-scale unemployment, overfishing, and overdependence on US aid.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)

related countries: USA
geograhically relative close to: Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines


Official Name:
Federated States of Micronesia
former: Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Ponape, Truk, and Yap Districts.
abbreviation: FSM

ISO Country Code: fm, FSM

Local Time = UTC +10h
Actual Time: Sat-Sept-23  13:52

Country Calling Code: +691

Capital City: Palikir

Other Cities: Kolonia, Weno, Colonia, Lelu.

Constitutional confederation in free association with the USA.
Independence: 3 November 1986 (from U.S.-administered UN trusteeship): .
Constitution: 10 May 1979.

Location: Oceania, group of 607 island in the North Pacific Ocean north of Papua New Guinea.
Area: 702 km² (271 sq. mi.) four major island groups (Pohnpei, Chuuk, Yap, and Kosrae).
Terrain: varies from mountainous islands to low-lying coral atolls.

Climate: Tropical

Nationality: Micronesian.
Population: 102,000 (2015 census)
Ethnic groups: Nine ethnic Micronesian and Polynesian groups.
Religion: Roman Catholic 53%, Protestant 42.4%, Others 4.6%.
Languages: English, and nine ethnic languages.
Literacy: 92,4%

Natural resources: Forests, marine products, deep-seabed minerals, phosphate.

Agriculture products: Black pepper, tropical fruits and vegetables, coconuts, cassava (tapioca), betel nuts, sweet potatoes; pigs, chickens; fish.

Industries: Tourism, construction; fish processing, specialized aquaculture; craft items from shell, wood, and pearls.

Exports - commodities: fish, sakau (kava), betel nuts, black pepper

Exports partners: Japan, USA, Guam

Imports - commodities: food, beverages, clothing, computers, household electronics, appliances, manufactured goods, automobiles, machinery and equipment, furniture, tools

Imports partners: USA, Japan, Hong Kong

Currency: US dollar (USD)

Source: FSM Division of Statistics and others.
Congress building of the Federated States of Micronesia
Congress building of the Federated States of Micronesia.
Image: © Sven Mueller

Official Sites of Micronesia

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Federated States of Micronesia
The National Government of the Federated States of Micronesia.

Office of the President
FMI President's Office.

Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia
The legislative branch of the FSM National Government.

Diplomatic Missions
Permanent Mission of the FSM to the United Nations in New York
Embassy of the Federated States of Micronesia
Washington, D.C.

Foreign Embassies
Australian Embassy Pohnpei

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.

FSM Division of Statistics
FSM in figures.


Political Map of the Federation of States of Micronesia
Detailed Maps of the FSM

Google Earth Google Earth Federated States of Micronesia
Searchable map and satellite view of Micronesia.
Google Earth Google Earth Palikir
Searchable map and satellite view of Micronesia's capital.

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



Pacific Islands Report
Daily news from the Pacific region.

Marianas Variety
Micronesia news.
Saipan Tribune
Pacific news.

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Arts & Culture

Micronesian Culture
Information about culture of FSM.

Business & Economy

Investing in the FSM
Information about investing in FSM by the Department of Economic Affairs.
White pages, yellow pages of FSM.

Yap History Museum, Yap Island
Yap History Museum, Yap Island.
Image: Garrett W

Travel and Tour Consumer Information

Destination Micronesia - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Micronesia: 607 island with the main island states of Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap island.

Waterfalls and Caves: Wichon (Wichon River and Falls), Kepirohi (most popular waterfall in Pohnpei), Sipyen (waterfall on Kosrae), Wiya Bird Cave (home to swiftlet birds), Pahn Takai Cave and Falls (cave behind a waterfall in the rainforest).
Beaches and Parks: Sunset Beach, Nihco Marine Park, James Palsis Marine Park (most pristine forests, mangrove and lagoon), Utwe-Walung Marine Park (backwater mangrove channel, Micronesia’s oldest and most diverse mangrove forests).

Ruins: Nan Madol (archaeological site), Lelu Ruins (remains of a city on Lelu Island),
Mountains: Mt.Tonaachaw, Sokehs Rock, Finkol, and more.
Old Battlefields: The Old Airport, Old Japanese Lighthouse, Lenger Island.

Find accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, cruising, diving, tours and much more.

Official Page of the FSM Visitors Board. Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap island nation in the Western Pacific Ocean.

Kosrae Visitors Bureau
Official website with information on ecotourism, scuba diving, nature walks, Micronesian culture, and more.
Visit Yap
Official website of Yap Visitors Bureau, a guide to the mysterious Isle of Stone Money.

A guide to Micronesia by FSM Telecom.
Photo Galleries of Micronesia
Landscapes, People, Diving, Nature.

Hotels and Lodges
Kosrae Village Ecolodge
Dive and Eco Adventure Resort.
Manta Ray Bay Hotel
A dedicated dive resort on Yap island.

Feeding of Grey reef sharks near Yap, FSM
Grey reef sharks near Yap.
Image: Klaus Stiefel
Pohnpei Landscape
Pohnpei Landscape
© FSM Visitors Board

Chuuk island
Chuuk island
© FSM Visitors Board


College of Micronesia
Official website of the college with Campuses on Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap.

Xavier High School
Site of the High School on Chuuk island.

Micronesian Seminar (MicSem)
A research-pastoral institute, its mission is community education, although it has engaged in social research and history
Sea anemone and clownfishes, Coral reef, Pohnpei
Coral reef Pohnpei, sea anemone and clownfishes (Amphiprion perideraion).
Image: Stephanie Batzer

Environment & Nature

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
The Pacific region's major intergovernmental organisation charged with protecting and managing the environment and natural resources.
Nan Madol archaeological site on Pohnpei
The prehistoric Micronesian city of Nan Madol on Pohnpei (Ponape).
Image: NOAA


The history of the modern Federated States of Micronesia is one of the settlement by Micronesians over 4,000 years ago; colonization by Spain, Germany, and Japan; the United Nations trusteeship under United States-administered Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands; and gradual independence beginning with the ratification of a sovereign constitution in 1979.

History of Micronesia (FSM)
Overview of Micronesia's history.

History of the Federated States of Micronesia
Wikipedia about page the history of the FSM.


Sources and additional Information about Micronesia

BBC Country Profile: Micronesia

FAO: Micronesia

GlobalEDGE: Micronesia

The Heritage Foundation: Micronesia

OEC: Micronesia (FSM)

Wikipedia: Micronesia

The World Factbook -- Micronesia
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