Take a look at these 20 interesting facts about Nauru to boost your global knowledge!
- Formerly known as Pleasant Island, Nauru is a tiny country in the Central Pacific.
- Its nearest neighbours are Federated States of Micronesia to the northwest, Marshall Islands to the north, Banaba Island (Kiribati) to the east, Tuvalu to the southeast, Vanuatu to the south and Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea to the southwest.
- Looking for your next holiday destination? Head for the coordinates of 0.5333° S, 166.9333° E to enjoy a wonderful island trip on Nauru!
Flag of Nauru
- The terrain here comprises a single sandy beach (around 30km long!), rising to a fertile ring around raised coral reefs and a phosphate plateau in the centre of the island.
- The total land area of Nauru is only 8 square miles (21 square kilometres)…
- …that’s the same size as Westminster! It also makes it the world’s smallest island nation!
- Nauru’s population was 12,704 in 2018…
- …that’s roughly the same as the town of Sherborne in Dorset!
- With such a small population, Nauru is the least populated member of the UN!
- Residents here are known as ‘Nauruans’.
- The average life span here is 59.7 years.
- The capital is Yaren District; it covers an area of 0.6 square miles (1.5 square kilometres) and had a population of 1,100 in 2003.
- Nauruans enjoy a tropical climate, with a monsoon season from November to February.
- There is only 1 major fresh water lake on the island, Buada Lagoon, so residents rely partly on rainfall and desalination of seawater to survive.
- A former Australian colony, Nauru became independent in 1968.
- The official languages of Nauru are Nauruan and English.
- Fancy sipping a nice cold beer whilst chilling out on the sandy beach? You’ll need to bring a few Australian Dollars (the official currency here).
- Due to its small size, the only commercial crop on Nauru is coconuts!
- Its industry consists of phosphate mining, coconut products and offshore banking.
- Nauru also exports phosphates.
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