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Marianas Variety 
THE senior citizens from Palau who participated in the recently concluded Flame Tree Arts Festival met their Saipan counterparts at the Senior Citizens Center in Chinatown on Monday. Led by Palau Aging Office chief Apolinia Augustine, the 10-member ... See more..
Radio New Zealand 
The Island Times reported that the advertisement offers a Palau Residence Permit as well as direct access to the US after one to two years. The ad also offered an easy visa application process from Palau to other countries including Japan, South Korea ... See more..
Marianas Variety 
TEN delegates from Palau led by Aging Office chief Apolinia Augustine were on island to participate in the 36th Flame Tree Arts Festival at the Garapan Fishing Base. Palau Minister of Finance Elbuchel Sadang, who was here to attend the Pacific Islands ... See more..
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Radio New Zealand 
Palau's Chamber of Commerce says advertising on a Chinese website offering houses for sale in Palau complete with the right to live in the Pacific nation for up to 99-years is likely to be misleading. The Island Times reported that the ad offers buyers ... See more..
National Geographic 
Nearly two years ago, Palau officially designated 193,000 square miles of its maritime territory as a fully protected marine reserve, where no fishing or mining can take place. The reserve became the sixth-largest of its kind in the world—while the ... See more..
yourcentralvalley.com 
"We still have a heart to serve our city and make our community a community of "shalom" or peace," said Breaking Free Revival Center Pastor Jymme Foot. International Christian evangelist and guest speaker Luis Palau says the nation is currently in a ... See more..
Oregon Faith Report 
Christians in Lane County last month announced a major two-year evangelistic partnership with the Portland-based Luis Palau Association — including an outdoor festival here in the summer of 2018. The announcement from One Hope Network, a coalition of ... See more..
Marianas Variety 
TIEN GIANG (Vietnam Breaking News/Pacnews) — Palau and the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang in Vietnam have signed a cooperation agreement on fishing and seafood consumption. The document was signed by Palau House of Delegates Speaker ... See more..
Marianas Variety 
SUVA, Fiji (Pacnews) — The president of Palau, Tommy Remengesau Jr., paid a courtesy visit to Professor Rajesh Chandra, vice chancellor and president of University of the South Pacific, at the Laucala Campus in Suva last month. Remengesau was ... See more..
Marianas Variety 
KOROR (Pacific Note/Pacnews) — A new Asian Development Outlook for 2017 released this week, stated that Palau is expected to grow by 3 percent in fiscal year 2017 and 5.5 percent in FY 2018, supported by a rebound in tourist arrivals, private ... See more..
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Geography

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

Total 459 sq km
Land 459 sq km
Water 0 sq km

Climate

tropical; hot and humid; wet season May to November
Natural Resources

forests, minerals (especially gold), marine products, deep-seabed minerals ;
Natural Hazards

typhoons (June to December)
Current Environmental Issues

inadequate facilities for disposal of solid waste; threats to the marine ecosystem from sand and coral dredging, illegal fishing practices, and overfishing

Demographics

Nationality
Palauan
Population
21,108 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

The economy consists of tourism and other services such as trade, subsistence agriculture, and fishing. Government is a major employer of the work force relying on financial assistance from the US under the Compact of Free Association (Compact) with the US. The Compact took effect, after the end of the UN trusteeship on 1 October 1994. The US provided Palau with roughly $700 million in aid for the first 15 years following commencement of the Compact in 1994 in return for unrestricted access to its land and waterways for strategic purposes. Business and leisure tourist arrivals numbered over 109,000 in ...See More 2011, for a 27% increase over 2010. The population enjoys a per capita income roughly double that of the Philippines and much of Micronesia. Long-run prospects for tourism have been bolstered by the expansion of air travel in the Pacific, the rising prosperity of industrial East Asia, and the willingness of foreigners to finance infrastructure development. Proximity to Guam, the region's major destination for tourists from East Asia, and a regionally competitive tourist infrastructure enhance Palau's advantage as a destination. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$221 million (2011 est.); $208.9 million (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

coconuts, copra, cassava (tapioca), sweet potatoes; fish
Industries

tourism, craft items (from shell, wood, pearls), construction, garment making