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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.

  • Ngerulmud;
  • Jellyfish Lake;
  • Rock Islands;
  • Clear Lake;
  • Lake Ngardok;
  • Peleliu War Museum
  • Private Jets, Helicopters and Airliners
  • Finest Onboard Catering
  • Ground Transport and Yachts
  • Luxury Villa & House Rentals
  • Local Guide & 24/7 Assistance
  • Customized Global Services
  • The State's Capital
  • Time Zone
    OTC +9
  • Telephone Code
  • Total Area
    459 Km2
  • Population
    21 779 (2023 est.)
  • Main Languages
    Palauan, other Micronesian, English
  • Currency
    US Dollar is used (USD)
  • GDP Per Capita
    USD 13800
  • Airports

    Tropical; hot and humid; wet season May to November

    Palauan (Micronesian with Malayan and Melanesian admixtures) 73%, Carolinian 2%, Asian 21.7%, Caucasian 1.2%, other 2.1% (2015 est.)

    Unlike in western countries where raised eyebrows often signal confusion, in Palau they are taken to mean agreement.

    Tinola — soup made with chicken, green papaya, and ginger

    High-income Pacific island economy; major subsistence agriculture and fishing industries; reliant on US aid; strong tourism has prompted sustainability oversight mechanism; severely disrupted by COVID-19


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