island sovereign state in Oceania

Palau, officially the Republic of Palau, is an island nation. It is in the Pacific Ocean. Palau is 300 miles (500 km) east of the Philippines. It got independence from United Nations trusteeship administration (administered by the United States of America) in 1994. It is one of the world's youngest and smallest nations. It is sometimes referred to in English under its native name Belau. The capital city of Palau is Melekeok. This has been true since October 1, 2006.

Republic of Palau

Beluu er a Belau
Seal of Palau
Anthem: Our Palau
Location of Palau (circled) in the western Pacific Ocean.
Location of Palau (circled) in the western Pacific Ocean.
CapitalNgerulmud, Melekeok Statea[1]
7°21′N 134°28′E / 7.350°N 134.467°E / 7.350; 134.467
Largest cityKoror
Official languages
Recognised regional languages
Ethnic groups
GovernmentUnitary presidential democratic republic
• President
Surangel Whipps Jr.
Uduch Sengebau Senior
LegislatureNational Congress
1 October 1994
• Total
459 km2 (177 sq mi) (196th)
• Water (%)
• 2011 estimate
20,956 (218th)
• Density
28.4/km2 (73.6/sq mi)
GDP (PPP)2008 estimate
• Total
$164 million[2] (not ranked)
• Per capita
$8,100[2] (119th)
HDI (2011)0.782[3]
high · 49th
CurrencyUnited States dollar (USD)
Time zoneUTC+9
Driving sideright
Calling code+680
ISO 3166 codePW
  1. On 7 October 2006, government officials moved their offices in the former capital of Koror to Ngerulmud in Melekeok State, located 20 km (12 mi) northeast of Koror on Babelthaup Island and 2 km (1 mi) northwest of Melekeok village.
Map of Palau


The sixteen states of Palau

Palau is divided into sixteen administrative states:


Palau has a tropical climate all year round. Average yearly temperature is around 82 °F (27 °C).

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  1. "Government offices moved to a new National Capitol Building complex located at Ngerulmud, Melekeok State" US Department of State. Palau (02/09). Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2008 estimate. "Palau". CIA World Factbook. CIA. Retrieved 9 August 2009.
  3. Human Development Index and its components. (2011).

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