The national flag of Palau is light blue with a large yellow disk shifted slightly to the hoist side; the blue color represents the ocean, the disk represents the moon; Palauans consider the full moon to be the optimum time for human activity; it is also considered a symbol of peace, love, and tranquility.
The national flag of Palau was adopted on January 1, 1981, upon separation from the United Nations Trust Territory. Given its similarity in design to the Japanese national flag, Futaranosuke Nagoshi, a Japanese professor suggested that by adopting this design the island group pays tribute to the Japanese flag. However, the designer of the flag of Palau, John Blau Skebong, denied the allegation claiming that no such connection exists between the two flags.
The seal of Palau shows a traditional meeting center called Bai and resembles that of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands of which Palau was a former part. The Bai is supported by 16 stones with a banner mentioning "OFFICIAL SEAL" and the year of adoption of the seal "1981" mentioned below the stones. The national motto Olbiil era Kelulau is also mentioned on the circular border of the seal.
The national anthem of Palau is called Belau rekid meaning Our Palau in Palauan. It was officially adopted in 1980. The anthem was written by several lyricists and composed by Ymesei O. Ezekiel. It was adopted in 1980.
Belau loba klisiich er a kelulul,
El dimla ngarngii ra rechuodelmei
Meng mengel uoluu er a chimol beluu,
El ngar cheungel a rirch lomke sang.
Bo dole ketek a kerruul er a belluad,
Lolab a blakelreng ma duchelreng.
Belau a chotil a klengar re kid,
Mebo dorurtabedul msa klisichel.
Bod kai ue reke dchim lokiu a reng,
E dongedmokel ra dimla koted.
Lomcheliu a rengrdel ma klebkellel,
Lokiu a budch ma beltikelreng.
Dios mo mek ngel tengat ra Be lumam,
El dimla dikesam ra rechuodelmei,
Beskemam a klisicham ma llemeltam,
:Lorrurt a klungiolam elmo ch'rechar.
Palau is coming forth with strength and power,
By the old ways abides still every hour.
One country, safe, secure, one government
Under the glowing, floating soft light stands.
Let's build our economy's protecting fence
With courage, faithfulness and diligence
Our life is anchored in Palau,
our landWe with our might through life and death defend
In spirit let's join hands, united, one
Care for our homeland...from forefathers on
Look after its concord, its glory keep
Through peace and love and heart's devotion deep
God bless our country, our island home always
Our sweet inheritances from the ancient days
Give us strength and power and all of the rights
To govern with all eternity with might
Palau does not have its own currency and uses the US dollar as its official currency. Using the US dollar as its currency reduces the economic burden of maintaining a central bank, but every decision or shift in US currency effects Palau.
The United States Dollar has the code USD and is abbreviated as US$. The US dollar is also subdivided in 100 cents (¢). It is the official currency of the US and its territories.