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( first published on year 1998 ).

  • Climate:
    Tropical; heavy year-round rainfall, especially in the eastern islands;  
    located on southern edge of the typhoon belt with occasional severe damage. 
  • Terrain: Islands vary geologically from high mountainous islands to low, coral atolls; volcanic outcroppings on Pohnpei, Kosrae, and Truk.  
  • Natural resources: Forests, marine products, deep-seabed minerals.
  • Weather to watch for: Subject to typhoons from June to December.
  • Details: Four major island, totaling 607 islands.
  • Nationality: Micronesian(s); Kosrae(s), Pohnpeian(s), Trukese, Yapese.
  • Ethnic divisions: Nine ethnic Micronesian and Polynesian groups.
  • Religions: Predominantly Christian, divided between Roman Catholic and Protestant; other churches include Assembly of God, Jehovah’s. Witnesses, Seventh-Day Adventist, Latter-Day Saints, and the Baha’i Faith.
  • Languages: English is the official and common language; most indigenous languages fall within the Austronesian language family, the exceptions are the Polynesian languages; major indigenous languages are Trukese, Pohnpeian, Yapese, and Kosrean.