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Last Minute Tips Before you Travel to Palau

  • Time Zone: GMT/UTC +9
  • Electricity: 115/230V 60Hz (bring an adapter/transformer for your hair drier, laptop, cellullar phone etc.)
  • Currency: US dollar (USD)
  • Country Dialing Code: 680

Palau

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

Capital
Koror; note - a new capital is being built about 20 km northeast of Koror

Population
20,303 (July 2005 est.)

Regions
16 states; Aimeliik, Airai, Angaur, Hatohobei, Kayangel, Koror, Melekeok, Ngaraard, Ngarchelong, Ngardmau, Ngatpang, Ngchesar, Ngeremlengui, Ngiwal, Peleliu, Sonsorol

Climate
tropical; hot and humid; wet season May to November

Ethnic groups
Palauan (Micronesian with Malayan and Melanesian admixtures) 69.9%, Carolinian 1.4%, other Micronesian 1.1%, Filipino 15.3%, Chinese 4.9%, other Asian 2.4%, white 1.9%, other or unspecified 3.2% (2000 census)

Religions
Roman Catholic 41.6%, Protestant 23.3%, Modekngei 8.8% (indigenous to Palau), Seventh-Day Adventist 5.3%, Jehovah's Witness 0.9%, Latter-Day Saints 0.6%, other religion 3.1%, unspecified or none 16.4% (2000 census)

Languages
Palauan 64.7% official in all islands except Sonsoral (Sonsoralese and English are official), Tobi (Tobi and English are official), and Angaur (Angaur, Japanese, and English are official), Filipino 13.5%, English 9.4%, Chinese 5.7%, Carolinian 1.5%, Japanese 1.5%, other Asian 2.3%, other languages 1.5% (2000 census)

Government type
constitutional government in free association with the US; the Compact of Free Association entered into force 1 October 1994

Background
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.

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