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Federated States of Micronesia

Background

Federated States of Micronesia

In 1979 the Federated States of Micronesia, a UN Trust Territory under US administration, adopted a constitution. In 1986 independence was attained 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.

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The Federated States of Micronesia is a country in the northwestern Pacific Ocean. It is composed of four major island groups totaling 607 islands that lie just north of the equator about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Indonesia, to the north of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands and to the south of the Marshall Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam.

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Federated States of MicronesiaKosrae Nautilus Resort 

Lelu
Kosrae 96944
Federated States of Micronesia

Price (US$): $166 - $167 / night

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Location. Kosrae Nautilus Resort is located on the beach in Kosrae's Lelu Village neighborhood, close to Lele Ruins and Bird Cave. Resort Features. Kosrae Nautilus Resort features a restaurant, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. The property has a roundtrip airport shuttle, which is complimentary. Guest parking is complimentary.… more »

Federated States of MicronesiaThe Pathways Hotel 

718 Pathways Blvd
Colonia
Yap 96943
Federated States of Micronesia

Price (US$): $166 - $167 / night

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Location. Connected to the airport, The Pathways Hotel is located in Yap's Colonia neighborhood and close to Colonia Public Park. Additional area points of interest include Yap Sports Complex. Hotel Features. The Pathways Hotel's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available. The hotel serves a complimentary continental breakfast. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. Complimentary shuttle services… more »

Federated States of MicronesiaFIESTA RESORT AND SPA SAIPAN 

CORAL TREE AVENUE
SAIPAN 96950
Federated States of Micronesia

Price (US$): $130 - $290 / night

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Located in the heart of Saipans Tourism district on the white sands of Micro Beach near shopping centers and nightlife the Fiesta Resort and Spa Saipan is a leading resort in the Northern Mariana Islands. Fiesta Resort and Spa Saipan features a variety of newly renovated guest accommodations 6 food and beverage outlets showcasing international cuisines spacious banquet rooms the best cultural dinner show on the island and two large swimming pools surrounded by a tropical garden with two… more »

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Federated States of Micronesia

Capital
Palikir
Location

Oceania, island group in the North Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Indonesia

Geographic coordinates

6 55 N, 158 15 E

Area comparative

four times the size of Washington, DC (land area only)

Coastline

6,112 km

Climate

tropical; heavy year-round rainfall, especially in the eastern islands; located on southern edge of the typhoon belt with occasionally severe damage

Terrain

islands vary geologically from high mountainous islands to low, coral atolls; volcanic outcroppings on Pohnpei, Kosrae, and Chuuk

Lowest point

Pacific Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Dolohmwar (Totolom) 791 m

Natural resources

timber, marine products, deep-seabed minerals, phosphate

Population

107,154 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Chuukese 48.8%, Pohnpeian 24.2%, Kosraean 6.2%, Yapese 5.2%, Yap outer islands 4.5%, Asian 1.8%, Polynesian 1.5%, other 6.4%, unknown 1.4% (2000 census)

Religions

Roman Catholic 52.7%, Congregational 40.1%, Baptist 0.9%, Seventh-Day Adventist 0.7%, other 3.8%, none or unspecified 0.8% (2000 Census)

Languages

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

Government type

constitutional government in free association with the US; the Compact of Free Association entered into force on 3 November 1986 and the Amended Compact entered into force in May 2004

Independence

3 November 1986 (from the US-administered UN trusteeship)

National holiday

Constitution Day, 10 May (1979)

Chief of state

President Emanuel MORI (since 11 May 2007); Vice President Alik L. ALIK (since 11 May 2007); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government

Head of government

President Emanuel MORI (since 11 May 2007); Vice President Alik L. ALIK (since 11 May 2007)

Internet country code

.fm

Internet users

17,000 (2009)

Airports

6 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Colonia (Tomil Harbor), Lele Harbor, Pohnepi Harbor

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