Palau, Island Republic of Oceania, in the Western Pacific.
Forms the western part of the Carolines, in Micronesia.
Palau is located 950 kilometers north of New Guinea and 760
kilometers east of the Philippines. Palau is one of the
world's smallest republics and relies on financial aid from
abroad. The capital is Ngerulmud. The largest city is Koror
on the island of the same name.
Belau (the name) in Palau
for Palau comes either from the Palauian word 'beluu'
('village') or from 'aibebelau' ('indirect answer') which
has to do with a creation myth.
National anthem is 'Belau rekid' ('Our Palau').
Countryaah, Palau had an average population density of 37 residents
per km 2 in 2019, but the population is very
unevenly distributed; About 70 percent live on the island of
Koror. With half of the country's total population, the city
of Koror is the completely dominant city. The majority of
the population is micronesia.
The majority of the population speak palau, which is the
official language along with English. Local are also
sonsorol and tobi, both of which are Austronesian languages,
as well as Japanese official languages.
Nearly 75% of the population is Christian; The Roman
Catholic Church is the largest with 38%. A total of 25%
belong to various Protestant churches. In the 1890s, Spanish
capuchin brothers came and laid the foundation for the
Around the turn of the last century, the German colonial
power wanted to modernize Palau, and many cultural
expressions were banned. In protest of this, the new
indigenous religion Modekngei emerged. It is a syncretistic
form of religion with deep roots in Palau's culture and
ancient religion as well as with some elements of
Catholicism. Fashion technology now comprises 25% of the