All of the islands in the Federated States of Micronesia use the U.S. dollar as is their official currency. There are two banks in Pohnpei – The Bank of Guam and The Bank of FSM. Both are conveniently located in Kolonia and are FDIC approved.
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Pohnpei – Economy
The main economic activities of the people of Pohnpei are subsistence farming and fishing, and tourism is also an emerging sector.
Pohnpei – Language
English is the official language of all four states in the Federated States of Micronesia. It is commonly spoken and understood by most especially in Kolonia. The unique native Pohnpeian language is still spoken locally and is seasoned by the Spanish, German, Japanese, and American influences of the past 150 years.
Pohnpei – Climate Temperatures
The temperature in Pohnpei averages 82 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees C) and average humidity of 82% with little fluctuation year round.
Pohnpei – Location and Geographic Description
Pohnpei is perched atop the equator in the west-central Pacific Ocean. Its exact location is 6 degrees 54′ N Latitude and 158 degrees 14′ E Longitude.
Pohnpei is one of the four states that comprises the Federated States of Micronesia, or FSM. Made up of more than two dozen outer islands and atolls, the state’s largest island, Pohnpei, is the largest in the FSM and accounts for almost half of its total land area.
Pohnpei – Population
According to the latest census, Pohnpei has a population of 34,486, 2,091 of which are living in the outer islands.
Pohnpei – Time Zone
(GMT + 11) – No daylight saving time, same UTC offset all year
Article by: Kate Mulalap ( first published on year 2002 ).
Pohnpei…so beautiful and distinguished. I know that most of my descriptions center somewhere around beautiful, but that’s just the truth the way a seventeen-year old sees it. Pohnpei is the proud owner of one of the most beautiful habitats to an assortment of wildlife. Pohnpei is the biggest island in the Federated States of Micronesia and has breathtaking waterfalls. It also has mountain streams to shame Colorado, hidden pools and an assortment of flora to shame Hawaii.
There are eleven political municipalities, six of which are Sokehs, Nett, Kitti, Madolenihmw, U, and Kolonia. Kolonia is the capital of Pohnpei. Pohnpei has been referred to as “The Garden Island,” and to no surprise. Lush vegetation covers the whole island as well as tropical forests as well as the springs and waterfalls previously mentioned.
A popular spectacle would be the Nan Madol. It was constructed around five hundred A.D. and some of the buildings have been dated back as recently as 1,500 A.D. The best way to access Nan Madol would be by boat, because it is difficult to see all of it from one point. Many trips are also advisable, for Nan Madol is gigantic! This would be well worth it for I have never met someone who regretted his or her decision to go visit this ancient ruin.
If it’s beaches you want, you should visit the atolls! Magnificent beaches they are. Mangrove swamps cover most of Pohnpei’s shoreline, but a few artificial beaches have been created. If you have an exotic taste in foods, visit Pohnpei, for the pepper is regarded as the finest in the world. Pohnpei is well worth the visit, so I encourage you to visit, if not only for a few days. It will be well worth the effort!