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Nauru
Capital:
no official capital; government offices in Yaren District
Population:
12,809 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
Nauru's phosphate deposits began to be mined early in the 20th century by a German-British consortium; the island was occupied by Australian forces in World War I. Nauru achieved independence in 1968 and joined the UN in 1999. Nauru is the world's smallest independent republic.
Government type:
republic
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $60 million (2001 est.)
Internet users:
300 (2002)
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