Country Profile: The Republic of Pelau

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Country Profile: The Republic of Pelau

In our Know the World Series, today we focus on Pelau. This is an island country which is located in the Western Pacific Ocean.

The Country is made up of a total of 340 islands. The country is smaller than Nairobi because it measures 466 square kilometers. In comparison, Nairobi City is 691 square kilometers.

Koror Island has the largest population in Pelau but the capital city known as Ngerulmud is located at the Babeldaon Island.

Tourism is the backbone of Pelau economy. The country also practices subsistence agriculture as well as lots of fishing. The country’s GNP is made up of a large amount of foreign aid.

Pelau uses US dollar for all their transactions. This means that they do not have their own currency to boast about.

The citizens of Pelau speak both English and Palauan as the official languages. There are other people in the country who speak Tobian, Sonsorolese and Japanese but these are considered to be regional languages.

Pelau gained her independence in 1994 and currently the country has a population of 20,600 people.

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Geoffrey Kerosi is a prolific economics writer and an avid reader in economics, finance, business, politics and technology. He holds bachelors' Degree in Economics and Statistics from Kenyatta University. He has over 4 years of extensive experience working as a Policy researcher and Budget Analyst for Civil Society in Kenya. Contact: Email: Phone: +254 713 639 776 (Whats-app only) Twitter: @gkerosi

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