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Federated States of Micronesia

  • Vicinity: Western Pacific
  • Type: Nation
  • Capital: Palikir

In 1944 the islands and atolls that make up the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) became part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (TTPI), a United Nations Trust Territory administered by the United States of America. FSM obtained independence November 3, 1986.

During this trusteeship, numerous notable places of interest where placed on the US National Registry of Historic Places (NRHP). - AsNotedIn

Ant Atoll Atoll
  • W Bios
Colonia Place
Dublon Island Island
Kolonia Municipality
Leluh Municipality
Maap Island
Pakin Atoll Atoll
Puluwat Atoll Atoll
Rull Place
Sokehs Municipality
Tafunsak Municipality
Temwen Island Island
Tol Island Island
Truk Lagoon Atoll Lagoon
Utwe Municipality
Weno Island

Geography »


Federated States of Micronesia consist of 607 islands, clustered into four major island groups. Terrain ranges from high mountains to coral atolls.

Physiographic Data
Highest Point: Dolohmwar (Totolom): 791 m
Lowest Point: Pacific Ocean: 0 m
Physiographic FeaturesTypeAsNotedIn
Chuuk Islands Archipelago
Kosrae FSM State
Pohnpei Island Island
Yap Island Island

Information »


The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is composed of over 600 islands and atolls spanning one million square miles of the western Pacific Ocean. The FSM is a federation of four semi-autonomous states (Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap), each of which retains considerable autonomy overdomestic affairs, including state civil and criminal justice systems. The federal capital is located at Palikir, on the island of Pohnpei, close to Pohnpei's largest town, Kolonia. The FSM is a constitutional democracy. The United States extends security guarantees and economic assistance to the FSM under the Compact of Free Association. Under the Compact, FSM citizens may enter the US to study and work without visas. - US State Department, 15 May 2013


Throughout the country, foreigners have reportedly been subjected to and singled out for theft and verbal and physical abuse. Alcohol - and drug -related attacks, as well as drunk driving accidents, are a particular concern during weekend and evening hours. The Embassy encourages extra caution during the holidays, when alcohol consumption is especially high. Do not attempt to intervene in disputes between local citizens.

Dress conservatively: it is considered impolite for females to wear clothing that exposes anything above the knee. Modern swimwear may be considered immodest by local standards, and people wearing such clothing outside of hotels that cater to tourists could likely be harassed. Additionally, we suggest women travel in groups and walk in well-lit areas.

Crime rates are higher in Chuuk than in the other states you should exercise extreme caution at all times, stay off the streets after dark, and ensure that the hotel where you are staying is prepared to assist you in an emergency.

Do not buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the counterfeit items illegal in the United States, if you purchase them you may also be breaking local law. - US State Department, 15 May 2013


Island group in the North Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Indonesia - The World Factbook


The official currency of Federated States of Micronesia is the US dollar. - AsNotedIn

Data »

Particulars for Federated States of Micronesia:
Locale Type Nation

Currency: US Dollar
Demonym: Micronesians
Government: Democratic Republic
Population: 102624

Vicinage »

Kosrae FSM State
State of Chuuk FSM State
State of Pohnpei FSM State
State of Yap FSM State

Map »

Federated States of Micronesia

Federated States of Micronesia

History »

In 1979 the Federated States of Micronesia, a UN Trust Territory under US administration, adopted a constitution. In 1986 independence was attained under a Compact of Free Association with the US, which was amended and renewed in 2004. Present concerns include large-scale unemployment, overfishing, and overdependence on US aid. - The World Factbook

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