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Guam Country Guide

Explore Guam in Oceania

Guam with the capital city Hagåtña is located in Oceania (Oceania, island in the North Pacific Ocean). It covers some 550 square kilometres (three times the size of Washington, DC) with 168,564 citizens.

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The topography includes volcanic origin, surrounded by coral reefs with relatively flat coralline limestone plateau (source of most fresh water), with steep coastal cliffs and narrow coastal plains in north, low hills in center, mountains in south. The average density of population is approximately 307 per km². The notable climate conditions in Guam can be described as tropical marine with generally warm and humid, moderated by northeast trade winds, dry season (January to June), rainy season (July to December), little seasonal temperature variation. Possible natural disasters include frequent squalls during rainy season or relatively rare but potentially destructive typhoons (June - December).

To reach someone in Guam dial +1-671 prior to a number. There are 65,500 installed telephones. And there are 98,000 registered mobile phones. The cellular networks commonly support frequencies of 1900 Mhz. Websites registered in this country end with the top level domain ".gu". If you want to bring electric equipment on your trip (e.g. laptop power supply), note the local power outlet of 110V - 60Hz.

About the flag and history of Guam

Territorial flag is dark blue with a narrow red border on all four sides; centered is a red-bordered, pointed, vertical ellipse containing a beach scene, a proa or outrigger canoe with sail, and a palm tree with the word GUAM superimposed in bold red letters; the proa is sailing in Agana Bay with the promontory of Punta Dos Amantes, near the capital, in the background; blue represents the sea and red the blood shed in the struggle against oppression
note: the US flag is the national flag.

Spain ceded Guam to the US in 1898. Captured by the Japanese in 1941, it was retaken by the US three years later. The military installation on the island is one of the most strategically important US bases in the Pacific.


Geography Quick-Facts

Summary Continent: Oceania
Capital: Hagåtña
Size 549 square kilometers (km² or sqkm) or 212 square miles (mi² or sqmi)
three times the size of Washington, DC
Population 168,564
Currency Name: Dollar, Currency Code: USD
Country Top Level Domain (cTLD) .gu
Telephone Country Prefix +1-671
Mobile Phone Connections 98,000
Landline Phone Connections 65,500

Country Position in World Rankings

Information about single country attributes and how these compare against the rest of the world. The information below is compiled with data from 2013. As such, it may differ a bit to the Information above in the text (which is from 2010).

Geography

Value name Value World Rank
Area 544 (sq km) 195

People and Society

Value name Value World Rank
Population 160,378 187
Population growth rate 0.34 (%) 165
Birth rate 17.23 (births/1,000 population) 108
Death rate 4.95 (deaths/1,000 population) 185
Net migration rate -8.89 (migrant(s)/1,000 population) 207
Infant mortality rate 5.61 (deaths/1,000 live births) 176
Life expectancy at birth 78.66 (years) 50
Total fertility rate 2.41 (children born/woman) 84

Economy

Value name Value World Rank
GDP (purchasing power parity) 4,600,000,000 172
GDP - real growth rate 1.30 (%) 153
GDP - per capita (PPP) 28,700 55
Labor force 69,390 185
Unemployment rate 8.20 (%) 97
Taxes and other revenues 20.5 (% of GDP) 160
Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-) -3.00 (% of GDP) 111
Inflation rate (consumer prices) 4.00 (%) 110
Exports 44,000,000 198
Imports 901,000,000 179

Energy

Value name Value World Rank
Electricity - production 1,755,000,000 (kWh) 136
Electricity - consumption 1,632,000,000 (kWh) 143
Electricity - installed generating capacity 553000 (kW) 134
Electricity - from fossil fuels 100.0 (% of total installed capacity) 17
Refined petroleum products - consumption 14,490 (bbl/day) 146
Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy 1,451,000 (Mt) 156

Communications

Value name Value World Rank
Telephones - main lines in use 65,500 158
Telephones - mobile cellular 98,000 192
Internet hosts 23 220
Internet users 90,000 163

Transportation

Value name Value World Rank
Airports 5 184
Roadways 1,045 (km) 184

Data based on CIA facts book 2010 & 2013, wikipedia, national statistical offices and their census releases

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