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Micronesia (Federated States of)

Population: 105 681

GDP: 339 000 000.00 $

Description

 

The Caroline Islands are a widely scattered archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean; they became part of a UN Trust Territory under US administration following World War II. The eastern four island groups adopted a constitution in 1979 and chose to become the Federated States of Micronesia. (The fifth, westernmost island group became Palau.) Independence came in 1986 under a Compact of Free Association with the US, which was amended and renewed in 2004. Present concerns include large-scale unemployment, overfishing, and overdependence on US aid.

Population

 

Population: 105,681 (2014).

 

Nationality: noun: Micronesian(s), adjective: Micronesian; Chuukese, Kosraen(s), Pohnpeian(s), Yapese.

 

Ethnic groups: Chuukese/Mortlockese 49.3%, Pohnpeian 29.8%, Kosraean 6.3%, Yapese 5.7%, Yap outer islanders 5.1%, Polynesian 1.6%, Asian 1.4%, other 0.8%.

 

Languages: English (official and common language), Chuukese, Kosrean, Pohnpeian, Yapese, Ulithian, Woleaian, Nukuoro, Kapingamarangi.

 

Religions: Roman Catholic 54.7%, Protestant 41.1% (includes Congregational 38.5%, Baptist 1.1%, Seventh Day Adventist 0.8%, Assembly of God .7%), Mormon 1.5%, other 1.9%, none 0.7%, unspecified 0.1%.

GDP

 

GDP: $ 339 000 000.00 (2013).

Military Organization

 

No regular military forces.

Conflicts and Disputes

 

Micronesia is major consumer of cannabis.

Geographical Information and Map

 

Capital: Palikir

 

Location: Oceania, island group in the North Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Indonesia. Four major island groups totaling 607 islands.

 

Geographic coordinates:

6 55 N, 158 15 E

 

Area:

total: 702 sq km

land: 702 sq km

water: 0 sq km (fresh water only)

note: includes Pohnpei (Ponape), Chuuk (Truk) Islands, Yap Islands, and Kosrae (Kosaie)

 

Land boundaries: 0 km.

 

Coastline: 6,112 km.

 

Natural resources: timber, marine products, deep-seabed minerals, phosphate.