50 Fascinating Facts about Palau

Palau is an Oceanian archipelago consisting of around 340 islands in the western Pacific Ocean. To the northeast are the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam. The Federated States of Micronesia are to the east, to the south are Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, and to the west are the Philippines.<br /> The United Nations determined in 1947 that the United States would manage Palau as part of the Pacific Islands Trust Territory. Although the country gained independence in 1994, connections with the United States remain strong. This lovely archipelago is teeming with mystery. Let's begin by learning some interesting facts about the country.

Fascinating Facts

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The country was scheduled to conduct a census in 2010 but lacked the necessary funding. They conducted a household-based mini-census in 2012 and arrived with a figure of 17,445. The 2005 census recorded a population of 19,907. Officially, the figure is now 20,048.
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This Pacific island nation averages one new birth every day.
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The country is blessed with a natural spa. The white mud found on Koror Island's Milky Way Lagoon is considered magnificent. By putting the mud and silty water on your skin, it is believed that you can seem up to five years younger. The majority of tourists make a point of taking a mud bath in the lagoon to heal their skin organically without visiting a spa.
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Palau's traditional civilization is matriarchal. In our culture, women are the decision-makers. Matrilineal practices predominate in all spheres of life in the nation, including inheritance, marriage, and funerals.
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Palau is an Oceanian island republic comprised of six island groups totaling more than 300 islands.
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After Tuvalu and Nauru, Palau is the world's third-smallest sovereign republic in terms of population. Although Vatican City is technically more minor, it is not a United Nations member state.
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Alcohol-impaired drivers were responsible for 100% of fatal accidents.
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This country owns almost 7,100 automobiles (396 cars or motorbikes per 1,000 inhabitants).
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The Palauan society is strictly matrilineal. In our culture, women are the decision-makers. Matrilineal practices predominate in all spheres of life in the country, including marriage, inheritance, funerals, and all other elements of existence.
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In Palau, fruit bats, ginger, coconut milk, and spices make soup. In the nation, it is considered a delicacy.
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Palau may have the most significant percentage of its nationals living abroad in the world. Filipinos are known to have a highly mobile workforce, with up to 10% working abroad.
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Palau may have the most significant percentage of its nationals living abroad in the world. Filipinos are known to have a highly mobile workforce, with up to 10% working abroad.
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Palau has the world's fourth-lowest population. It is the sixteenth smallest country in terms of land area.
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Palau does not have its armed force. The US is responsible for safeguarding Palau from foreign invasions under the Compact of Free Association.
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It is believed that the earliest inhabitants of Palau came approximately 2500 BC from modern-day Indonesia.
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The earliest Palauan’s built sophisticated social institutions and engaged in fishing and agriculture.
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The State of Palau established the world's first so-called shark sanctuary, forbidding any fishing of these species within an area of around 600,000 square kilometers.
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The Palau Islands hosted the tenth season of the famous American television show "Survivor."
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On Palau's Eil Malk Island, a marine lake known as the jellyfish lake. Every day, millions of jellyfish move across this lake. Historically, the lake was blocked off from the ocean but connected by tiny cracks and tunnels in the limestone bedrock.
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Palau is one of the world's few autonomous states without an army. The US is responsible for safeguarding Palau from foreign invasions under the Compact of Free Association. On the other hand, Palau has a modest 30-strong Maritime Surveillance Unit that monitors the country's coasts.
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In customary law, the Chiefs are supreme. That is if the matriarch approves. Palau's traditional civilization is matriarchal. Primarily, the chief post is hereditary.
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The House of Traditional Leaders comprises ten Ngarameketii chiefs from Central Koror and seven RubekulKeldeu leaders from outlying hamlets.
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While the rest of the world views sharks as villains, the Palauans were the first to champion their protection.
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Saltwater crocodiles are abundant in Palau, particularly in the mangroves and on some magnificent rock islands.
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In 1783, English captain Henry Wilson became the first European to visit Palau after being shipwrecked on a rock on one of the islands.
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For more than 200 years, Palau was ruled by foreign powers such as Britain, Spain, Germany, Japan, and the United States.
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It is an island nation with no land borders.
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It is one of just 11 countries globally that have never experienced a negative temperature.
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The Koror Jail is Palau's sole correctional facility. It is also a tourist draw since convicts sell intricately carved wood storyboards at a shop establishment located on the jail grounds.
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Despite its diminutive size, Palau's whole territory is organized into sixteen separate administrative areas.
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Palau is a sovereign republic and a United Nations member.
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Although Palau has its postal system and stamps. It is not a member of the United Nations Universal Postal Union.
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The country's delicacy is Fruitbat Soup. In boiling water, the bat is cooked with spices and veggies.
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The Blue Corner in Palau is one of the world's top diving locations. Divers float down the coral peninsula's wall before hooking onto the reef's upper edge.
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Japan seized sections of Palau during the Second World War. US forces captured the islands during the 1944 Battle of Peleliu, which claimed more lives than any previous amphibious assault in US military history.
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From 1947 to 1994, Palau was a part of the United Nations Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (TTPI), governed by the United States.
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The Palauan archipelago is home to many dolphins, large pelagic predators, turtles, sharks, and several kinds of fish.
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The capital city closest to Ngerulmud is Manila, situated in Philippines.
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Visitors to this unusual and scenic nation often return with pleasant recollections. The land is a treasure trove of fascinating geographical characteristics. By visiting the nation, one may go on a journey of a lifetime!
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The country lacks both colleges and universities. There is only one two-year vocational school. College students travel to other countries, especially the United States because the educational institutions are comparable and admission processes do not require a student visa.
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Make a splash at the Ngardmau Falls. It is Palau's biggest waterfall.
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Palau is home to one of the world's largest and oldest megalithic sites, Badrulchau. According to archaeologists, the site dates back to 150 AD.
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Palau attained total independence in 1994.
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Palau became the first country in the world in 2017 to compel tourists to sign an 'Eco-Pledge' upon arrival.
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The capital city that is the furthest in a straight line from Ngerulmud in Brasilia (Brazil)
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All incoming tourists are required to watch a mandatory in-flight movie instructing them on how to conduct themselves ecologically responsibly throughout their stay.
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Palau will also ban reef toxic sunscreens in 2020. The environmental program, believed to be another world first, is aimed at halting chemical pollution that harms corals and marine life.
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Palau is dubbed 'the underwater Serengeti' due to its world-class scuba diving. Attractions include stunning seascapes, shipwrecks, and an abundance of aquatic life.
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Palau, like several other Pacific island nations, has one of the world's fattest populations.
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The Rock Islands are Palau's most iconic attractions and the country's sole UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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