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Palau (full name, Republic of Palau) is a group of islands in the North Pacific Ocean. With an area of approximately 500 sq km and 1,519km of coastline, Palau’s terrain varies from the high, mountainous main island of Babelthuap to low, coral islands. The country is divided into 16 states (Aimeliik, Airai, Angaur, Hatohobei, Kayangel, Koror, Melekeok, Ngaraard, Ngarchelong, Ngardmau, Ngatpang, Ngchesar, Ngeremlengui, Ngiwal, Peleliu and Sonsorol). Melekeok is the capital, with a time difference of 9 hours ahead of GMT. The currency is the US dollar, and exports include fish and garments. The population of approximately 20,800 people comprises an ethnic makeup that is 69.9% Palauan (a Micronesian/Malayan/Melanesian mix) and 15.3% Filipino. The primary languages are Palauan and English, and the predominant religions are Christianity and Modekngei.