The widely scattered islands of the Federated States of Micronesia which is located in western Pacific Ocean about 2,500 southwest of Hawaii, include the four main island groups of the Caroline Islands, Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Yap. 

Palau, part of the Caroline Islands, is now an independent nation, and is not considered a part of the Federated States of Micronesia. 

There are over 600 (volcanic in origin) islands and low-lying coral atolls in the Caroline Islands. A few inactive peaks reach 2,500 ft. 

These islands were formerly placed under United States control as part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. In 1991, the islands gained total independence, 

The local economy still revolves around subsistence farming and fishing, while fruit exports, fishing rights and U.S. financial aid generate additional cash revenues. 

These beautiful islands have significant tourism potential, but that industry has grown slowly based on the island's poorly developed infrastructure and isolated location. 

On the positive side, a number of small hotels have opened recently, with most supporting the fast-growing offshore exotic diving activities. 

For additional historical information on the Federated States of Micronesia, go here.

Facts and Figures

  • Official Name Federated States of Micronesia 
  • Population 111,000 
  • Capital City Palikir (10,000) 
  • Flag here 
  • Languages English, Polynesian dialects 
  • Official Currency US Dollar 
  • Currency Converter here 
  • Religions Catholic, Protestant, others 
  • Land Area 702 sq km (271 sq miles) 
  • Latitude/Longitude 7º 46' N, 151º 84' E 
  • Highest Point Dolohmwar, 2,595 ft. (791 m) 


  • FSM Large Color Map here 
  • FSM Map CIA version here 
  • FSM Outline Map here 
  • FSM Maps at UT here 
  • Oceania Maps here 

Suggested Links

  • FSM Government website here 
  • FSM Photos here 
  • FSM Tourism website here 
  • Chuuk website here 
  • Kosrae website here 
  • Pohnpei website here 
  • Yap website here 


The tropical islands of the Federated States of Micronesia enjoy consistently warm temperatures throughout the year. The air is humid and rainfall is generous. 

In fact, Pohnpei is reported to be one of the wettest places on Planet Earth, with over 300 inches of annual precipitation. 

Tropical typhoons present a very serious threat, particularly to the low-lying atolls, many of which are very near sea level. 

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