Micronesia is a small region in Oceania that is comprised of thousands of small islands at the western of Pacific Ocean. It has 600 islands that are divided into four states; Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk and Yap.
The country recorded a population of 112,640 in 2018 and covers an area of 702 km2.
Its capital city is Palikir. Other urban centres are Kolonia, Tofol, Colonia and Tafunsak.
The islands were discovered by Spanish explorers in 1500. The missionaries introduced trade in the country in the mid of 19th century. The Caroline Islands fell under the German rule 1898. Japanese occupied the country in 1914.
Micronesian culture is based on the traditions of the Micronesia people.
The main crops grown in the country are taros, bananas, cassava, breadfruit and sweet potatoes. The most popular dishes are taro, yam, banana, breadfruit, coconuts, pork, chicken and seafood.
The animals living in the country are Kosrae flying fox, Chuuk flying fox, caroline flying fox, reptiles and sea animals.
Annual events/ celebrations/ festivals
The main events conducted in the country are Yap Day, Constitution Day, United Nations Day and Liberation Day.
Things to see
Nan Madol is an archaeological site situated near the eastern shore of the island of Pohnpei.
Ulithi is an Atoll in the Caroline Islands at the western of Pacific Ocean.
Kepirohi Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall in Micronesia Island.
Other must-visit sites are Pingelap Atoll and Satawal.
The major languages in Micronesia Islands are English, Chuukese, Kosrean, Pohnpeian and Yapese.
The country’s name is abbreviated as FSM.
The country was used as a battleground during the Second World War.
Micronesia’s neighbouring countries are Polynesia on the east, Melanesia on the south and shares marine borders with Palau, Papua, New Guinea and Guam.