Palau Demographics

What is the population of Palau?

Population 21,685
Population Growth Rate 0.37%
Urban Population 84.2%
Population in Major Urban Areas MELEKEOK (capital) 1,000
Nationality Noun Palauan(s)
Nationality Adjective Palauan
Ethnic Groups Palauan (Micronesian with Malayan and Melanesian admixtures) 70%, Asian (mainly Filipinos, followed by Chinese, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese) 28%, white 2%
Languages Spoken English and Palauan official in all states except Sonsoral (Sonsoralese and English are official), Tobi (Tobi and English are official), and Angaur (Angaur, Japanese, and English are official)

Palau Health Information

What are the health conditions in Palau?

Contraceptive Prevalance Rate - female 15-49 32.8%
Contraceptive Prevalence - note note: percent of women aged 15-44
Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 7.86
Drinking Water Source - percent of rural population improved 86%
Drinking Water Source - percent of total population unimproved 4.7%
Drinking Water Source - percent of urban population improved 97%
Health Expenditures - percent of GDP 10.6%
Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population 4.8
Infant Mortality Rate - female deaths/1,000 live births 10.1
Infant Mortality Rate - male deaths/1,000 live births 13.35
Infant Mortality Rate - total deaths/1,000 live births 11.77
Obesity - adult prevalence rate 48.9%
Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population 1.38
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of urban population improved 100%
Sanitation Facitlity Access - percent of rural population improved 100%
Total Fertility Rate - children born/woman 1.72

Palau Life Expectancy

How long do people live in Palau?

Life Expectancy at Birth 72 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - female 75 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - male 69 Years
Median Age 32 Years
Median Age - female 33 Years
Median Age - male 32 Years

Palau Infant Mortality - per 1,000 live births

Palau median age, birth rate and death rates

Birth Rate - births/1,000 population 11
Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 7.86
Median Age 32 Years
Median Age - female 33 Years
Median Age - male 32 Years
Net Migration Rate - migrant(s)/1,000 population .66
Population Growth Rate 0.37%
Sex Ratio 0-14 Years - male/female 1.07
Sex Ratio 15-24 Years - male/female .99
Sex Ratio 25-54 Years - male/female 1.56
Sex Ratio 55-64 Years - male/female 1.1
Sex Ratio at Birth - male/female 1.05
Sex Ratio of Total Population - male/female 1.12
Sex Ratio Over 64 Years - male/female .4

Palau Medical Information

What are the health conditions in Palau?

Medical Facilities and Health Information

Health facilities in Palau are adequate for routine medical care, but the availability and quality of services are limited. Serious medical conditions requiring hospitalizations or evacuation to the United States or elsewhere may cost tens of thousands of dollars. The Belau National Hospital will accept payment by cash, credit or debit card, while private clinics may require cash payment. Please be advised that Palau has occassional outbreaks of Dengue Fever.

Palau Education

What is school like in Palau?

Education Expenditures - percent of GDP 7.3%
Literacy - female 90%
Literacy - male 93%
Literacy - total population 92%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write
School Life Expectancy - female 15 Years
School Life Expectancy - male 13 Years
Total School Life Expectancy - (primary to tertiary) 14 Years

Palau Literacy

Can people in Palau read?

Literacy - female 90%
Literacy - male 93%
Literacy - total population 92%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write
Predominant Language English and Palauan official in all states except Sonsoral (Sonsoralese and English are official), Tobi (Tobi and English are official), and Angaur (Angaur, Japanese, and English are official)

Palau Crime

Is Palau a safe place to visit?

Crime Information

Although the crime rate in Palau is relatively low, as a foreign resident or visitor, you might be the target of petty and sometimes violent crime as well as other random acts against individuals and property. Please stay alert for your personal safety and protect your valuables.

Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the bootlegs illegal in the United States, if you purchase them you may also be breaking local law.

Palau Penalties for Crime

Criminal Penalties

While you are traveling in Palau, you are subject to its laws even if you are a U.S. citizen. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different than our own. In Palau, it may be illegal to take pictures of certain private buildings and historical sites unless you have been granted permissions or paid the required fees. In Palau, driving under the influence could land you immediately in jail. Certain sites require prior permission and/or payment of a fee prior to visiting or taking photographs. Signs are posted at the relevant sites, and an attendant may be present to collect the fee. There are also some things that might be legal in the country you visit, but still illegal in the United States, and you can be prosecuted under U.S. law if you buy pirated goods. Engaging in sexual conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime prosecutable in the United States. If you break local laws in Palau, your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution. It’s very important to know what’s legal and what’s not wherever you go.

While some countries will automatically notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate if a U.S. citizen is detained or arrested in a foreign country, that might not always be the case. To ensure that the United States is aware of your circumstances, request that the police and prison officials notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate as soon as you are arrested or detained overseas.

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