- Yaren; 670
- 21 square kilometers (8 square miles)
- Nauruan, English
- Protestant, Roman Catholic
- Australian dollar
- Life Expectancy:
- GDP per Capita:
- U.S. $5,000
- Literacy Percent:
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Nauru is a small, oval-shaped island in the western Pacific. The interior phosphate plateau, comprising 60 percent of the land area, has been extensively mined, leaving a jagged and pitted landscape. Germany annexed Nauru in 1888, and Australia took it over in 1914. After World War II it was a joint trust territory of Australia, Britain, and New Zealand until it became independent in 1968. Phosphate exports earned economic stability for the country, but deposits could run out by 2005.
- Industry: Phosphate mining, offshore banking, coconut products
- Agriculture: Coconuts
- Exports: Phosphates
—Text From National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition
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