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Republic of Palau
Beluu er a Belau
FlagSeal
Anthem: Belau rekid
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′N134°28′E / 7.350°N 134.467°E / 7.350; 134.467
Largest cityKoror
Official languages
Recognised regional languages
Ethnic groups (2000)
DemonymPalauan
GovernmentUnitarypresidentialdemocraticrepublic
 - PresidentTommy Remengesau
 - Vice PresidentAntonio Bells
LegislatureNational Congress
Independence
 - Compact of Free Association with the United States1 October 1994 
Area
 - Total459 km2 (196th)
177 sq mi
 - Water (%)negligible
Population
 - 2011 estimate20,956 (218th)
 - Density28.4/km2
45.5/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 zone(UTC+9)
Drives on theright
Calling code+680
ISO 3166 codePW
Internet TLD.pw
a.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.

Source: CIA World Factbook
Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of July 26, 2012


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