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Republic of Palau
Beluu er a Belau
   Palau is the westernmost country of Oceania (excluding Australia), and is made up of over 340 islands, many tiny and only 9 inhabited. Independence from the United States is quite recent (1994); to the east, a few hundred kilometers away are the Yap islands (Micronesia), Indonesia and the Philippines a little further away.
Government type Presidential republic
Area 488 kmē (188 sq mi)
Population 17,600 inh. (2020 census)
Population density 36 inh/kmē (96 inh/miē)
Capital Ngerulmud (320 pop.)
Currency United States dollar
Human development index 0.826 (50th place)
Languages Palauan, English (both official)
Life expectancy M 68 years, F 78 years
Location in Oceania

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Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean

GEOGRAPHY DATA OF PALAU


Largest cities
Koror 11,200 pop.
Highest mountains
Mount Ngerchelchuus 242 m (794 ft)
Largest islands
Babeldaob 396 kmē (153 sq mi)
Peleliu 13 kmē (5 sq mi)
Angaur 8 kmē (3.1 sq mi)
Koror 8 kmē (3.1 sq mi)

ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS OF PALAU

   Palau is administratively divided into 16 states, 10 of which are on the island of Babeldaob, the largest island of the archipelago; Ngatpang and Koror are the 2 largest states (65 kmē), with the last one hosting just under 2/3 of the country's entire population.



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