Palau – GENERAL INFORMATION – Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures

Full name:  Palau


        noun: Palauan(s)         adjective: Palauan


Area         total: 458 sq km         water: 0 sq km         land: 458 sq km 

Population: 20,303 (July 2005 est.)  

Ethnic groups  
        Palauan (Micronesian with Malayan and Melanesian admixtures) 70%

        Asian (mainly Filipinos, followed by Chinese, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese) 28%        white 2% (2000 est.)

Capital: Koror; note – a new capital is being built about 20 km northeast of Koror  (12 000)

Largest Cities 

        Konrey           Mukeru

Official Language
        English and Palauan official in all islands except Sonsoral (Sonsoralese and English are official)

        Tobi (Tobi and English are official)        Angaur (Angaur, Japanese, and English are official)

        Christian (Roman Catholics 49%, Seventh-Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Assembly of God, the Liebenzell Mission, and Latter-Day Saints)     

        Modekngei religion (one-third of the population observes this religion, which is indigenous to Palau) tem  

GDP: purchasing power parity – $174 million

note: GDP estimate includes US subsidy (2001 est.)   

GDP per head: purchasing power parity – $9,000 (2001 est.)

Annual growth: 1% (2001 est.) 


GDP – composition by sector:

        agriculture: NA         industry: NA         services: NA

Inflation: 3.4% (2000 est.)