Federated States of Micronesia. The election of ten senators was held in March. A new congressman was elected when a senator had died during the year, the other nine were re-elected.
Negotiations with the United States on the agreement that gives the country internal self-government while Americans conduct foreign policy and defense began during the year. The agreement, which until now had given Micronesia about $ 100 million a year, is renegotiated every fifteen years. The parties agreed on a new treaty but disputed the level of compensation.
An American tanker that sank off the island of Ulithi during World War II began to leak large amounts of oil in October. Efforts were made to block the leak, which threatened the untouched coral reefs in one of the world’s largest lagoons.
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Area: 700 km2 (world ranking: 178)
Population density: 151 per km2 (as of 2017, world ranking: 183)
Official languages: English
Gross domestic product: US $ 336 million; Real growth: 2.0%
Gross national product (GNP, per resident and year): 3590 US $
Currency: 1 US dollar (US $) = 100 cents
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Head of State and Government: Peter M. ChristianYosiwo P. George, Exterior: Lorin S. Robert
National holiday: 3.11.
State and form of government
Constitution of 1979
Free association agreement with the USA (responsible for defense) since 1986
Parliament (Congress) with 14 members, election of 10 members every 2 years, of 4 members every 4 years
Election of the head of state by parliament every 4 years
Suffrage from 18 years of age
Population: Micronesians, last census 2010: 102,843 residents (Chuuk 48,654, Pohnpei 36,196, Yap 11,377, Kosrae 6616)
9 Micronesian and Polynesian ethnic groups
(2010) Weno (Chuuk) 13,856 pop., Palikir 6647, Nett 6639, Kitti 6470, Kolonia 6074 (all Pohnpei)
Religions: 55% Catholics, 42% Protestants and others (as of 2006)
Languages: English; 9 Micronesian and Polynesian languages Employed
By economic sector: No information
Unemployment (in% of all economically active persons)
Inflation rate (in%): 2017: 0.5%
Foreign trade: Import: 195 million US $ (2017); Export: US $ 120 million (2017)
According to Countryaah, the population of Micronesia in 2001 was 106,018, ranking number 195 in the world. The population growth rate was -0.240% yearly, and the population density was 151.6129 people per km2.