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Federated States of Micronesia

Seal of the Federated States of Micronesia
Motto: ‘Peace, Unity, Liberty’
Anthem: ‘Patriots of Micronesia’
Location of the Federated States of Micronesia
Capital Palikir
6°55′N 158°11′E / 6.917°N 158.183°E / 6.917; 158.183
Largest town Weno
Official language
and national languagea
Recognized regional
  • Chuukese
  • Kosraean
  • Pohnpeian
  • Yapese
Ethnic groups
  • 48.8% Chuukese
  • 24.2% Pohnpeian
  • 6.2% Kosraean
  • 5.2% Yapese
  • 4.5% Outer Yapese
  • 1.8% Asian
  • 1.5% Polynesian
  • 6.4% other
  • 1.4% unknown
Demonym(s) Micronesian
Government Federated parliamentary republic under a non-partisan democracy
Peter Christian
• Vice President
Yosiwo P. George
Legislature Congress
from the United States
• Compact of Free Association
November 3, 1986
• Total
702 km2 (271 sq mi) (177th)
• Water (%)
• 2018 estimate
112,640 (192nd)
• Density
158.1/km2 (409.5/sq mi) (75th)
GDP (PPP) 2011 estimate
• Total
$310 million
• Per capita
GDP (nominal) 2011 estimate
• Total
$277 million
• Per capita
Gini (2000) 61.1
very high
HDI (2015) Increase 0.638
medium · 127th
Currency United States dollar (USD)
Time zone UTC+10 and +11
• Summer (DST)
not observed
Date format MM/DD/YYYY
Driving side right
Calling code +691
ISO 3166 code FM
Internet TLD .fm
  1. Regional languages used at state and municipal levels.

Micronesia, officially the Federated States of Micronesia, is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, northeast of Papua New Guinea. The country is a sovereign state in free association with the United States. The capital city of Federated States of Micronesia is Palikir.

The Federated States of Micronesia were formerly part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, a United Nations Trust Territory under US administration. In 1979 they adopted a constitution, and in 1986 independence was attained under a Compact of Free Association with the United States. Present concerns include large-scale unemployment, overfishing, and overdependence on U.S. aid.

The Federated States of Micronesia is hundreds of small islands divided in seven territories in Micronesia. The term Micronesia may mean the Federated States or to the region as a whole. This area is in Oceania.

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