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 PALAUAN POLITICAL
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Background: After three decades as part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific under US administration, this westernmost cluster of the Caroline Islands 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.
 
 
Common Name: Palau Local Official Name: Belau
Abbreviated Name: Republic of Palau Official Name: Beluu er a Belau
Official Script Name: Palau Local Common Name: Palau
Former Name: Palau District (Trust Territory of the Pacifi Territory of: NA
 
Head of State: President Tommy Esang REMENGESAU
 
Government Type: constitutional government in free association with the US; the Compact of Free Association entered into force 1 October 1994
 
Independence: 1994 October 1 (from the US-administered UN Trusteeship
 
Constitution: 1981 January 1
 
National Holiday: Constitution Day, 9 July
 
International Organization Participation: ACP, AsDB, FAO, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IDA, IFC, IFRCS, IMF, IOC, IPU, MIGA, OPCW, PIF, Sparteca, SPC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, WHO
 
Administrative Divisions: 16 states; Aimeliik, Airai, Angaur, Hatobohei, Kayangel, Koror, Melekeok, Ngaraard, Ngarchelong, Ngardmau, Ngatpang, Ngchesar, Ngeremlengui, Ngiwal, Peleliu, Sonsoral
 
Dependent Areas: NA
 
Legal System: based on Trust Territory laws, acts of the legislature, municipal, common, and customary laws
 
Suffrage: 18 years
 
Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branches: Executive Branch: chief of state: President Tommy Esang REMENGESAU, Jr. (since 19 January 2001) and Vice President Camsek CHIN (since 1 January 2005); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government head of government: President Tommy Esang REMENGESAU, Jr. (since 19 January 2001) and Vice President Camsek CHIN (since 1 January 2005) cabinet: NA elections: president and vice president elected on separate tickets by popular vote for four-year terms (eligible for a second term); election last held 2 November 2004 (next to be held November 2008) election results: Tommy Esang REMENGESAU, Jr. reelected president; percent of vote - Tommy Esang REMENGESAU, Jr. 64%, Polycarp BASILIUS 33%; Elias Camsek CHIN elected vice president; percent of vote - Elias Camsek CHIN 70%, Sandra PIERANTOZZI 29% Legislative Branch: bicameral Parliament or Olbiil Era Kelulau (OEK) consists of the Senate (9 seats; members elected by popular vote on a population basis to serve four-year terms) and the House of Delegates (16 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms) elections: Senate - last held 2 November 2004 (next to be held November 2008); House of Delegates - last held 2 November 2004 (next to be held November 2008) election results: Senate - percent of vote - NA%; seats - independents 9 (four new members elected); House of Delegates - percent of vote - NA%; seats - independents 16 (one new member elected) Judicial Branch: Supreme Court; National Court; Court of Common Pleas
 
Party Leaders: none
 
International Disputes: border delineation disputes being negotiated with Philippines, Indonesia
 
Illicit Drugs: NA 
 
 
 PALAUAN GEOGRAPHY
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Location of Palau: Oceania, group of islands in the North Pacific Ocean, southeast of the Philippines
 
Continent: Australia Land Area Total: 458 sq km 
Region: South Pacific Oceania Land Area Land: 458 sq km
Capitol City: Melekeok Land Area Water: 0 sq km
      
Latitude: 007 30 N Border Boundary Land: 0 km
Longitude: 134 30 E Border Boundary Coastline: 1,519 km 
  
Arable Land: 8.70 % Pastures: 0.00 %
Crops: 4.35 % Woodlands and Forests: 0.00
  
Highest Elevation: 242 m Location: Mount Ngerchelchuus
Lowest Elevation: 0 m Location: Pacific Ocean
  
Largest City in Palau: Koror Koror Largest City Population: 14,000
  
Threatened Species: 21
 
Environmental Issues: inadequate facilities for disposal of solid waste; threats to the marine ecosystem from sand and coral dredging, illegal fishing practices, and overfishing
 
Environmental Agreements: party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
 
Irrigated Land: 0
 
Bordering Countries: NA
 
Natural Resources: forests, minerals (especially gold), marine products, deep-seabed minerals
 
Geographical Terrain: varying geologically from the high, mountainous main island of Babelthuap to low, coral islands usually fringed by large barrier reefs
 
Comparative Area of Palau: slightly more than 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC
 
Palau's Geography: westernmost archipelago in the Caroline chain, consists of six island groups totaling more than 300 islands; includes World War II battleground of Beliliou (Peleliu) and world-famous rock islands
 

 PALAUAN CLIMATE
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General Climate: tropical; hot and humid; wet season May to November
 
Natural Hazards: typhoons (June to December)
 
 
 PALAUAN ECONOMY
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Economic Overview: The economy consists primarily of tourism, subsistence agriculture, and fishing. The government is the major employer of the work force, relying heavily on financial assistance from the US. Business and tourist arrivals numbered 63,000 in 2003. The population enjoys a per capita income twice that of the Philippines and much of Micronesia. Long-run prospects for the key tourist sector have been greatly bolstered by the expansion of air travel in the Pacific, the rising prosperity of leading East Asian countries, and the willingness of foreigners to finance infrastructure development.
 
 
GDP: $124,500,000 USD Currency: US dollar
GDP per Capita: $7,600 USD Currency Code: USD
GDP Growth Rate: 5.50 %
  
Currency Exchange Rate History: the US dollar is used
  
  
GDP of Agriculture: 6.20 % GDP of Industry: 12.00 %
GDP of Services: 81.80 %  
   
Inflation Rate: 2.70 % Population in Poverty: 0.00 %
Unemployment Rate: 4.20 % Tourism: 55,000.00 visitors each year
   
Consumption by lowest 10%: 0.00 % Budget Revenue in USD: $72,070,000 USD
Consumption by upper 10%: 0.00 % Budget Expenditures in USD: $72,430,000 USD
   
Electricity Production: 0 kWh Electricity Exports: 0 kWh
Electricity Consumption: 0 kWh Electricity Imports: 0 kWh

Electricity Production by Source:
 
Fossil Fuel Electricity Production: 0.00% Nuclear Electricity Production: 0.00%
Hydro Electricity Production: 0.00% Other Electricity Production: 0.00%
   
Oil Production: 0 barrels per day Natural Gas Production: 0 cu m
Oil Consumption: 0 barrels per day Natural Gas Consumption: 0 cu m
Oil Exports: 0 barrels per day Natural Gas Exports: 0 cu m
Oil Imports: 0 barrels per day Natural Gas Imports: 0 cu m
Proven Oil Reserves: 0 barrels Proven Natural Gas Reserves: 0 cu m
   
External Debt: $0 USD Received in economic aid: $155,800,000 USD
  Donated in economic aid: $0 USD
   
Agricultural Products: coconuts, copra, cassava (tapioca), sweet potatoes
 
Primary Industries: tourism, craft items (from shell, wood, pearls), construction, garment making
 
Industrial Growth Rate: 0.00 %
  
  
Import Amount in USD: $107,300,000 USD - machinery and equipment, fuels, metals; foodstuffs
 
Import Partners: US, Singapore, Japan, South Korea
 
Export Amount in USD: $5,882,000 USD - shellfish, tuna, copra, garments
 
Export Partners: US, Japan, Singapore
 
    
GINI Index: 0.00%
 
Labor Force Number of People: 9,777
 
Labor Force by Occupations: agriculture 20%, industry NA%, services NA%
 
  
 PALAUAN COMMUNICATIONS
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Radio Broadcast Stations: 6 Number of People with Radios: 12,000
Television Broadcast Stations: 1 Number of People with Televisions: 11,000
Number of People with Mainline Telephones: 6,700 Number of People with Mobile Phones: 1,000
 
Internet Service Providers: 3 Internet Users: 0
 
Internet Country Code: .pw Newspapers: 0
Two Letter Country Code: PS Weights and Measures:
Phone Country Code: 680 Electricity Voltage: Volts
  
Telephone Systems: general assessment: NA domestic: NA international: satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Pacific Ocean)
 
  
 PALAUAN TRANSPORTATION
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Highways: 36 km Railways: 0 km
Gas And Oil Pipelines: 0 km Waterways: 0 km
Airports: 1 Heliports: 0
 
Motor Vehicles: 0 per 1,000 people CO2 Emissions: 234,000 Metric Tons of CO2 per year
  Per capita CO2 emissions: 0.00 Metric Tons of CO2 per year
  
Merchant Marines: NA
 
Ports and Harbors: Koror
 
  
 PALAUAN PEOPLE
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Population: 20,579 people type - nationality Birth Rate: 18.03 births per 1,000 people
Population Density: 45.00 people per sq km Death Rate: 6.80 deaths per 1,000 people
Population Growth: 1.31% per year Fertility Rate per Women: 2.46 babies born per woman
 
Population Male 0-14: 2,789 Population Female 0-14: 2,622
Population Male 15-64: 7,664 Population Female 15-64: 6,549
Population Male 65+: 453 Population Female 65+: 502
 
Population 0-14: 26.30% Literacy Rate: 92.00%
Population 15-64: 69.10% Literacy rate of Males: 93.00%
Population 65+: 4.60% Literacy rate of Females: 90.00%
 
Population that is Male: 53.00 % Population that is Female: 47.00%
Life expectancy at birth in years: 70.42 years Infant mortality rate - baby deaths per 1000 births: 14.46 Babies die per 1,000 births
Life expectancy at birth for Males: 67.26 years Life expectancy at birth for Females: 73.77 years
 
Rate of AIDS/HIV infection: 0.00% Number of people living with AIDS or HIV: 0
Number of people who died of AIDS: 0
   
Disease Risk:
 
Diseases:
 
Net Migration Rate per 1,000 people: 1.85
 
Nationality: PALAUAN
 
Ethnic Groups: Palauan (Micronesian with Malayan and Melanesian admixtures) 69.9%, Filipino 15.3%, Chinese 4.9%, other Asian 2.4%, white 1.9%, Carolinian 1.4%, other Micronesian 1.1%, other or unspecified 3.2 
 
  
Primary Language: English
 
Other Languages: Palauan 64.7% official in all islands except Sonsoral (Sonsoralese and English are official), Tobi (Tobi and English are official), and Angaur (Angaur, Japanese, and English are official), Filipino 13.5%, English 9.4%, Chinese 5.7%, Carolinian 1.5%, Japan
 
 
Primary Religion: Christian
 
Other Religions: Roman Catholic 41.6%, Protestant 23.3%, Modekngei 8.8% (indigenous to Palau), Seventh-Day Adventist 5.3%, Jehovah's Witness 0.9%, Latter-Day Saints 0.6%, other religion 3.1%, unspecified or none 16.4%
 
  
 PALAUAN MILITARY
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Branches: no regular military forces; Palau National Police Note: defense is the responsibility of the US; under a Compact of Free Association between Palau and the US, the US military is granted access to the islands for 50 years, but it has not stationed any military forces there
 
Manpower Fit to Serve: NA years
 
Manpower Available: 5,694 People
 
Manpower Fit to Serve: 4,087 People
 
Amount of Manpower Available each Year: 142 People per year
 
Expenditures: $0 USD per year
 
Expenditures as a Percentage of GDP: 0.00
 
 
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