Yap State, Micronesia
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Yap State, Micronesia

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Federated States Of Micronesia Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

702 sq km (271 sq miles).

Population

106,104 (2013).

Population density

151.1 per sq km.

Capital

Palikir (Pohnpei).

Government

Federal Republic in free association with the USA since 1986.

Head of state

President Emanuel (Manny) Mori since 2007.

Head of government

President Emanual (Manny) Mori since 2007.

Electricity

120 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs are of the flat two-pin type, sometimes with a third grounding pin.

The Federated States of Micronesia boast some of the clearest-blue seas you'll ever see, with white, crumbly sand shores. In islands like Chuuk are shallow and vast lagoons of monumental beauty, filled with shipwrecks and kaleidoscopic corals. The islands are a paradise for divers, and many argue that the area's diving and snorkelling ranks among the best in the world.

The Micronesians combine a profusion of languages, customs and folklore. On the island of Yap, islanders still trade using the ancient stone currency. Micronesians may still be glimpsed in traditional garments. Throughout, you are likely to stumble across snatches of unique island music and witness zesty, time-honoured dances.

The area became a US-administered Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands in 1947. This followed colonisation by the Portuguese, Spanish, Germans and Japanese. In 1986, the Federated States signed a Compact of Free Association with the USA, allowing for near-independence with US defence support.

The islands suffer from remoteness and lack of industry and infrastructure. There is development potential, but as yet Micronesia remains dependent on US aid. Tourism is one industry that could potentially boost the island's fiscal situation. However, even if tourism takes off, with over 600 islands to this country's name, finding some desert island bliss of your own here shouldn't be hard.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 23 November 2014

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

There’s no British diplomatic representation in the Federated States of Micronesia. If you need consular assistance, you should contact the British High Commission in Suva.

Only a few British tourists visit the Federated States of Micronesia every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

There is a low threat from terrorism.

The Islands of Micronesia are vulnerable to natural disasters, such as hurricanes, cyclones, floods and severe droughts. 

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