Other Spoken Languages : Nauruan
National Holiday : 1 February (Independence Day)
Population Density : 650/km2
His Excellency Lionel Rouwen Aingimea
His Excellency Lionel Rouwen Aingimea studied law in Australia and subsequently worked for the Regional Rights Resource Team and as a public defender in the Marshall Islands. He later worked as a lecturer in law at the University of the South Pacific. After successfully contesting the Meneng seat in the 2016 elections, he was appointed Assistant Minister for Justice and Border Control. He was re-elected in the 2019 elections and was elected President by Parliament.
Nauru, officially the Republic of Nauru and formerly known as Pleasant Island, is an island country in Micronesia in the Central Pacific. Its nearest neighbour is Banaba Island in Kiribati, 300 kilometres to the east. It further lies northwest of Tuvalu, north of the Solomon islands, east-northeast of Papua New Guinea, southeast of the Federated States of Micronesia and south of the Marshalls. With 10,084 residents in a 21-square-kilometre area, Nauru is the smallest state in the South Pacific and third smallest state by area in the world, behind only Vatican City and Monaco
Education in Nauru
Literacy on Nauru is 96 percent. Education is compulsory for children from six to sixteen years old, and two more non-compulsory years are offered (years 11 and 12). There is a campus of the University of the South Pacific on Nauru. Before this campus was built in 1987, students would study either by distance or abroad. Since 2011, the University of New England, Australia has established a presence on the island with around 30 Nauruan teachers studying for an associate degree in education. These students will continue onto the degree to complete their studies. This project is led by Associate Professor Pep Serow and funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Obesity in Nauru
Life expectancy on Nauru in 2009 was 60.6 years for males and 68.0 years for females.
By measure of mean body mass index (BMI) Nauruans are the most overweight people in the world;
97% of men and 93% of women are overweight or obese. In 2012 the obesity rate was 71.7%.
Nauru has the world’s highest level of type 2 diabetes, with more than 40% of the population affected.Other significant dietary-related problems on Nauru include kidney disease and heart disease.