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Palau Islands
Palau Islands

Palau Islands

Palau is an archipelago of over 500 islands, part of the Micronesia region in the western Pacific Ocean. Koror Island is home to the former capital, also named Koror, and is the islands’ commercial center.
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PALAU

Oceania

PALAU

Oceania

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Key facts

Capital: Ngerulmud

Location: Oceania, group of islands in the North Pacific Ocean, southeast of the Philippines

Government: Republic of Palau

Currency: United States Dollar (USD)

Area: 459 sq km

Population: 21,613 (July 2021 est.)

Languages: Palauan (official on most islands) 65.2%, other Micronesian 1.9%, English (official) 19.1%, Filipino 9.9%, Chinese 1.2%, other 2.8% (2015 est.)

Religion: Roman Catholic 45.3%, Protestant 34.9% (includes Evangelical 26.4%, Seventh Day Adventist 6.9%, Assembly of God .9%, Baptist .7%), Modekngei 5.7% (indigenous to Palau), Muslim 3%, Church of Jesus Christ 1.5%, other 9.7% (2015 est.)

TimeZone: UTC+9

Tel Code: +680

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