Nauru is a tiny island nation and world’s third-smallest country with a total area of 21 square km. As per estimation from 2017, Nauru has a population of 13649.
Once the world’s wealthiest country Nauru is now categorized as one of the world’s poorest countries.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the tiny island nation Nauru.
- Nauru was settled by Micronesians and Polynesians at least 3,000 years ago. It was ruled by the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand under a League of Nations mandate. Even in 1942, Japan also captured this island.
- It got independence in 1968 from the joint ruling of the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.
- It is known as the world’s fattest country. Around 71% of its total residents are obese.
- It has the world’s second-smallest GDP of 102 million dollars are Tuvalu.
- Nauru has no army. It is one of the 16 countries in the world with no armies. Australian army is responsible for keeping safe the nation.
- It is the world’s least visited country. However, it is very safe to visit and also have a small airport on the island.
- About 90% of the forest on Nauru had been cut down during the 80s as a result of the active mining of the phosphate rock. Even freshwater imported from Australia.
- It has Australian refugee camps which are considered as one of the world’s worst refugee camps.
- It has 3.9 kilometers of a railway line which was mainly used during the mining of phosphate.
- It has a high unemployment rate. Over 80% of the residents are unemployed.
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