The World Factbook: 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. :: ...read more [Source: The World Factbook] Wikipedia: Palau (i/pəˈlaʊ/, sometimes spelled Belau or Pelew), officially the Republic of Palau (Palauan: Beluu er a Belau), is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean. It is geographically part of the larger island group of Micronesia. The country's population of around 21,000 is spread across 250 islands forming the western chain of the Caroline Islands. The most populous island is Koror. The islands share maritime boundaries with Indonesia, the Philippines, and the Federated State...read more [Source: Wikipedia]
Expertise (alphabetical order)
Official WebsitesRepublic of Palau - National Government...US Department of the Interior - Office of ...UNESCO - Rock Islands Southern Lagoon...
Research CentresPalau International Coral Reef Center (PIC...
Libraries and ArchivesPalau Congress Library...Palau National Museum Research Library...Palau Union Catalog...
Museum CollectionsAmerican Museum of Natural History...Australian Museum...Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum...
Health and Health ResearchJoint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS...Ministry of Health - Republic of Palau...United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)...
List of languages More on Glottolog
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Administrative AreasAimeliik (State)
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