Republic of Palau consists of 586 islands, twelve of which are
inhabited, and stretches from the northern atoll of Kayangel for
over 640 km south to the island of Hatahobei (see map below).
With an Exclusive Economic Zone of 600,900 km˛, Palau's total
land area is about 535 km˛, 25% of its landmass is below ten meters
above sea level. Babeldaob is the largest island. Palau's current
population is just over 19,000 with an annual growth rate of 2.3
percent. Most of the population lives in the island of Koror where
the present capital is located. Palauan and English are the two
main languages. The local currency is the US dollar.
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