Category:   World Travel Directory  :  Oceania  :  Palau
Palau, officially the Republic of Palau, is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, some 500 miles (800 km) east of the Philippines and 2,000 miles (3,200 km) south of Tokyo.

Palau, having emerged from United Nations trusteeship (administered by the United States) in 1994, it is one of the world's youngest and smallest nations. In English, the name is currently sometimes spelled phonetically in accordance with the native pronunciation Belau. It was formerly also spelled Pelew.

Palau gained its independence October 1, 1994, when the Compact of Free Association with the United States came into force. Palau was the last portion of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands to gain its independence.

Under the Compact, the U.S. remains responsible for Palau's defense for 50 years, and Palauans are allowed to serve in the U.S. military without having to possess permanent residency in the U.S.  Source

Palau Facts

Population: 21 thousand

Capital: Melekeok

Currency: US dollar

Area: 459 km2

Language: English, Palauan

Main Religion: Christian

Calling Code: +680

Time Zone: GMT + 9

Main Cities: Meyungs, Airai, Kloulklubed, Ngermechau, Melekeok, Ngaramasch, Imeong, Ulimang, Ollei, Oikull