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Palau

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').

Population

According to 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.

Religion and Languages of Palau

Language

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.

Religion

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 church.

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 population.

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