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[Belau] : general data of the country


 
General useful information
 
Note: some data are of constant value, while other are due to changes, fluctuations etc.
 
Nation and population
official name (short form): Belau ; Palau
country code ISO: PW //; - FIPS: PS
location: Western Pacific Ocean
time zone: +9 UT
surface (land) area: 458 sq.km = 177 sq.mi //; - area incl. inland waters: sq.km = sq.mi
geographical position in extreme co-ordinates: North: 11° N / South: 0° N / East: 146° E / West: 131° E
borders (land): none
borders (coastline): Pacific Ocean
climate: tropical oceanic
Government
independent since: 1995-10-01
type of government: republic as a freely associated state of the USA
capital: Koror
administrative division: state (16)
Population
population according to the latest census (2000-04): 19,129
total population according to the estimate of midyear 2000: 18,766 /-; 2001: 20,000
population density: 41 per sq.km = 107 per sq.mi
population growth: 1% //; - doubling time: ca 35 years
birth rate: 20 - 22 per 1000
death rate: 7 - 8 per 1000
fertility rate: 3 children per female
maternal mortality: per 100,000
infant mortality (1-4 years): 25 per 1000
life expectancy: 69 years (male: 66; female: 72)
age breakdown: 0-14 years: 30% //; - 15-59 years: 61% //; - 60+ years: 9%
urbanisation: 72% //; - urbanisation growth: %
percentage of urban population in the greatest city: %
Ethnic composition, language, religion
ethnic groups: Palauan (mixture of Polynesian, Melanesian and Malayan) 75%; Filipino 16%; Chinese 3%
languages: English, Palauan (both official); Sonsorolese-Tobian, Anguar, Japanese, Tobi
religious affiliation: Roman Catholic 37%; Protestant 26% (+Modekngei), traditional beliefs 26%; other 10%
Health
daily food intake: calories per capita
population with access to safe water: 100%
people per physician: 1500
people per hospital bed:
Education, literacy
school enrolment: primary education 6-11 years: 80%
school enrolment: secondary education: 39%
school enrolment: tertiary education 20-24 years: 20%
adult literacy: 98% (male: %; female: %)
 
Economy and infrastructure
 
Economy and trade
currency: US dollar = 100 cents
annual inflation rate: 4%
population below poverty line: %
Gross Domestic Product: USD 5000 per capita
GNI USD per capita //; - [ppp: 6987]
GDP growth: %
income: USD 2500 per capita
import: USD 25 per capita //; - export: USD 0,5 per capita
trade: USD 1922 per capita //; - or % of GDP
trade partners: US JP
human development index: //; - position of the country in the world no.:
female labour force: 37%
unemployment: %
tourism: 0,05 million
Economic activities in agriculture, fisheries, industry, mining, services, energy
land use: arable land: % //; - grass land: % //; - wooded area: 76% //; - arid land and desert: %
agriculture: labour force: 7% //; - part of agriculture in GDP: 29%
agricultural products: fishing, fruits, vegetables, eggs, betel nuts, root crops, coconuts, copra, cassava, sweet potatoes
livestock (exact number of pieces, 1984!): cattle: 82 / goats: 52 / pigs: 1343 / poultry: 9500
fish catch: metric tonnes
industry: labour force: 17% //; - part of industry in GDP: 21%
industrial products: small scale handicrafts
mining products: gold
CO2 emission per capita:
services: labour force: 76% //; - part of services in GDP: 50%
energy use (kg per capita):
electricity use (per capita):
annual water use (per capita):
Traffic, communication
road network: 64 km //; - of which paved: 59% //; - of which are motorways: 0 km
vehicles: 200 per 1000
railways: 0 km //; - railways passenger/km: -
navigable inland waterways: 0 km
ownership telephone: 145 per 1000
ownership radio receivers: 550 - 667 per 1000
ownership tv-sets: 98 - 611 per 1000
newspaper circulation: per 1000
persons per post office:
personal computers: per 1000
 
Some physical landmarks
 
mountains: Mount Makelulu 240 m; other unnamed peaks 225, 213, 211 m ; and Mt. Gulitel 204 m
lowest point: sea level
lakes (natural): none, or unknown
lakes (artificial reservoirs): none, or unknown
lakes (deepest): unknown
rivers: a few small rivers to drain the mountain slopes
canals: none, or unknown
waterfalls: none, or unknown
caves: longest system: none, or unknown / deepest:
islands: 20 islands and 350 islets and reefs, of which 8 are inhabited
deserts: none
other natural features:
 
Additional remarks, especially on the statistical information
 
other important features:
apart from physical landmarks most of the above figures are changeable, in most cases they date from the 1990's
 
primary sources used for the general information:
BB CA EV PW WA WB WR, and some national statistical yearbooks
particulars concerning population data:
 

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