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Here are some interesting facts about Nauru - Category: Introduction - Background: The exact origins of the Nauruans are unclear, since their language does not resemble any other in the Pacific. The island was annexed by Germany in 1888 and its phosphate deposits began to be mined early in the 20th century by a German-British consortium. Nauru was occupied by Australian forces in World War I and subsequently became a League of Nations mandate. After the Second World War - and a brutal occupation by Japan - Nauru became a UN trust territory. It achieved its independence in 1968 and joined the UN in 1999 as the world's smallest independent republic.

Category: Government - Flag description: blue with a narrow, horizontal, yellow stripe across the center and a large white 12-pointed star below the stripe on the hoist side; the star indicates the country's location in relation to the Equator (the yellow stripe) and the 12 points symbolize the 12 original tribes of Nauru

Category: People - Total fertility rate (children born/woman): 2.94 children born/woman (2008 estimate)

Category: Economy - GDP - composition by sector (%): agriculture: NA%; industry: NA%; services: NA%

Category: Geography - Irrigated land (sq km): NA

Category: Transportation - Ports and terminals: Nauru

Category: Communications - Internet users: 300 (2002)

Category: Military - Manpower available for military service: males age 16-49: 3,470 (2008 estimate)

Category: Transnational Issues - Disputes - international: none

Other random facts about Nauru 

  1. People - HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS: NA

  2. Government - Capital: no official capital; government offices in Yaren District; time difference: UTC+12 (17 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

  3. Economy - Electricity - exports (kWh): 0 kWh (2007 estimate)

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Source: CIA - The World Factbook