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Palau

Description of Palau

Palau is officially known as the Republic of Palau. It is an island located on the Oceania continent, i.e., in the western Pacific Ocean. It is in nature a part of the Micronesia. The capital city of Palau is Ngerulmud.

History

Palau Island was settled originally in 2nd or 3rd millennia BC, i.e., mostly by the migrants of Indonesia or Philippines. It was first sighted by the Europeans in the years 1522 and it was originally discovered by them in 1969.  The island has a population of pygmy or Negrito people.

Later after few years, the island is made as a part of Spanish East Indies in the year 1885. The British traders were the most prominent visitors of the Palau in the 18th century. After that the Spanish influence is expanded in the 19th century. In 1944, the United States captured this Palau from the Japan.

After that, in 1979 the four of the Trust Territory districts have been joined and formed Federated States of Micronesia.

In 2001, Palau passed its first anti-money laundering and bank regulation laws.

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The Palau Island is located in Northern and Eastern islands in the coastline North Pacific Ocean. The extreme points of the Palau region are Mount Ngerchelchuus of Babeldaob in high and North Pacific Ocean in low.

Language

The official languages of Palau are English, Palauan. Japanese is the recognized language and the regional languages include Tobian and Sensorless.

Culture

  • The matrilineal system of Palau is very strict and these practices are seen almost in every aspect of the Palau traditions.
  • There are Islam and christen people in the island and some others too.
  • The cuisines of Palau include the local foods such as taro, yam, cassava, pork and fish.
  • There are many restaurants in the main island Koror which consists of Korean food.
  • The Palau music finds its legacy in the Micronesia, but it is supplemented with Western Europe, Japan and the United States influence.
  • There are also some famous TV shows that are shot in the Palau Island such as Survivor: Palau.
  • The popular sport of Palau is Baseball after the Japanese has introduced it in the 1920s.
  • There are also some fields that are related to study like Palau Community College.

Holidays

There are list of public holidays in Palau and they include, Jan 1st (New Years Day), March 15 (Youth Day), May 5th (Senior Citizens Day), June 1st (President's Day), July 9 (Constitution Day), 1st Monday in September (Labor Day), October 1st (Independence Day), October 24 (United Nations Day), Last Thursday in November (Thanksgiving Day), December 25 (Christmas Day).

Climate and Weather

The Palau Island has a tropical climate. The mean temperature of the island is 82 degrees Fahrenheit. There is a heavy rainfall through the year in this island. Though there is a rainfall in between the moths of July and October, there is more sunshine and the average humidity would be 82%.

Travelling and Tourism

Business in the Koror shows that they welcome the tourists. Tourism of the Palau is its largest industry. Travelling is available to Palau from California, Japan, Australia, etc.

Vacation and Destinations

There are many vacation places in the destination regions of Palau and they are Palau Jelly Fish Lake in Eil Malk of the island, Rock Islands, Long Beach, Belau National Museum etc. You can also have Dive in Palau.

Some facts about Palau

Population of country 19,907 people
Area of Palau 458 sq. kilometers
Located on the continent Oceania (OC)
Capital of Palau Melekeok
Currency at Palau Dollar (USD)
Domain Zone .pw
Phone country code 680
FIPS code of Palau PS

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More information about Palau

Climate of Palau:
  • tropical
  • hot and humid
  • wet season May to November
Terrain of Palau:
  • varying geologically from the high, mountainous main island of Babelthuap to low, coral islands usually fringed by large barrier reefs
Palau also has such useful resources as: forests, minerals (especially gold), marine products, deep-seabed minerals.

Top cities of Palau


City Name Population State Coordinates
1 Koror Town 12,676 people State of Koror 7.34257 x 134.47888
2 Kayangel 188 people State of Kayangel 8.08228 x 134.71725

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