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Republic of Palau

The Republic of Palau is a sovereign state in the Pacific made up of six island groups and over 300 islands. Palau is freely associated with the United States via a treaty, the Compact of Free Association States. It was formerly part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, administered by the United States. Palau's residents are citizens of the Republic of Palau and the capital, Melekeok, is located on Babeldaob, Palau's largest island.

Palau has a landmass of 459 square kilometers spread across 700 miles of ocean, with an estimated population of 21,347 (CIA, 2017). According to the 2000 Census of Palau, 71.2% of the population is Pacific Islander, 24.5% is Asian, 2.8% white, and 1.7% other.

Palau's Division of Primary and Preventive Health has 4 community health centers (CHCs), the Northern CHC in Ngarchelong, the Eastern CHC in Melekeok, the Western CHC in Ngaremlengui, and the Southern CHC in Peleliu, as well as 4 satellite dispensaries. According to the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office, as of 1998 Palau had 1 80-bed hospital. In 2003 Palau was served by 25 physicians and 111 nurses.

The 2000 Census of Palau indicated that 54.4% of households had an income below $15,000. The Census found that 22.5% of Palau residents aged 25 or older had not completed high school.

For additional resources and information, see Pacific Territories, Commonwealth, and Freely Associated States.

Data Sources
CIA World Fact Book: Palau; Country Health Information Profile: Palau; U.S. Affiliated Pacific Basin Jurisdictions: Legal, Geographic and Demographic Information

Contacts

U.S. Embassy Koror
Omsangel/Beklelachieb
Airai, Palau 96940
Tel: 011.680.587.2920
Fax: 011.680.587.2911

Embassy of the Republic of Palau, Washington, DC
1701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20006
Phone: 202.349.8598
Fax: 202.452.6281
Email: info@palauembassy.org

There are more organizations related to the Republic of Palau in the organizations section.


Last Reviewed: 6/3/2014