Micronesia, Federated States of
The Federated States of Micronesia contains 607 volcanic islands and atolls scattered over 1 million square miles of the Pacific Ocean. The land area totals 704.6 square kilometres, with 7192 square kilometres of lagoon area.
Based on the preliminary results of the 2010 Census, the Federated States of Micronesia has a population of 102 624, 35.7% below 15 years old, and 3.3% 65 years and over. The average age of the population is estimated to be 21.5 years, and for every 100 females, there are about 103 males. There has been a decrease in the population due to substantial outmigration over the past decade. Approximately 49% of the population lives in Chuuk, 32% in Pohnpei, 11% in Yap and 8% in Kosrae, with almost 23% living in urban areas.
Country health information profile
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In May 1953, the Federated States of Micronesia was assigned to the Western Pacific Region in the Sixth World Health Assembly ''without prejudice to any questions regarding sovereignty'' as an area. It joined WHO on 14 August 1991 as a Member State. Prior to joining WHO, it was a member of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands dominated by the United States of America until the Office of the High Commissioner determined to end its association on 10 July 1987. All functions were transferred to individual governments including the Federated States of Micronesia.
The Federated States of Micronesia was previously covered by the WHO Representative Office in Singapore. From 1959, it was covered by the WHO Representative Office in Taipei, China (Taiwan) until 30 June 1972 when the Representative Office was closed. The responsibility for the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands was transferred to the Regional Office in 1972, and it was decided that the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands was to come under the WHO Representative Office in the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji in 1976. In August 2010, the Regional Director for the Western Pacific Region, Dr Shin Young-soo, approved the establishment of the new WHO Country Liaison Office in the Federated States of Micronesia covering the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and Palau.
WHO Country Office
Department of Health and Social Affairs 1/F Mogethin Building, National Capital Complex Palikir
Department of Health and Social Affairs Mogethin Building, 1st Floor National Capital Complex PO BOX PS70 Palikir, FM 96941
(691) 320 2619
(001) 866 868 3940
09.00 - 17.00 hours (Monday to Friday)
Department of Health and Social Services
P.O. Box PS 70, Palikir, Pohnpei State, Federated States of Micronesia 96941
Telephone number:(691) 3202872
- Western Pacific Country Health Information Profiles 2011 revision
Estimated and projected FSM population by state: 2001-2015. Division of Statistics, Federated States of Micronesia.
- National health accounts: country information. Geneva, World Health Organization.
United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, World Population Prospects: The 2008 Revision
|Population (in thousands) ( 2010 )||102.624|
|Population aged 5-14 years (%) ( 2010 )||23.98|
|Life expectancy at birth (years) ( 2010 )||69|
|Under-five mortality rate (per 1000 live births) ( 2009 )||39|
|Total health expenditure as % of GDP ( 2009 )||13.8|
|General government health expenditure as % of total government expenditure ( 2009 )||20.6|
|Human development index ( 2010 )||0.614|
|Per capita GDP at current market prices (US$) ( 2008 )||2223|
|Population below national poverty line (%)|| not available
|Literacy rate among adults aged >= 15 years (%) ( 2009 )||92.4|
|Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) ( 2009 )|| not available
|Proportion of the population using improved drinking water source ( 2006 )||94|
|Population using improved sanitation facilities (%) ( 2006 )||25|