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Palau
Capital:
Koror; note - a new capital is being built about 20 km northeast of Koror
Population:
20,016 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
After three decades as part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific under US administration, this westernmost cluster of the Caroline Islands opted for independence in 1978 rather than join the Federated States of Micronesia. A Compact of Free Association with the US was approved in 1986, but not ratified until 1993. It entered into force the following year, when the islands gained independence.
Government type:
constitutional government in free association with the US; the Compact of Free Association entered into force 1 October 1994
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $174 million
note: GDP estimate includes US subsidy (2001 est.)
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