The small island state of Nauru in the Pacific is located northeast of Papua
New Guinea, halfway between Australia and Hawaii and is the third smallest
republic in the world at 21 km².
Nauru is one of the three phosphate islands in the Pacific, including Banaba
in Kiribati and Makatea in French Polynesia. Nauru is about 53 km south of the
equator and is surrounded by a coral reef.
30 years ago, Nauru had the highest per capita income in the world after Saudi
Arabia. But nothing remains of the former wealth. The state was even insolvent
in 2004 and is now one of the poorest countries in the world.
Nauru does not necessarily correspond to the South Seas cliché of an untouched
natural island. So is z. For example, one of the main attractions on Nauru is an
artificial lunar landscape that was created as a result of phosphorus mining.
40% of the population is diabetic. That is the highest diabetic rate in the
Nauru is, followed by Tuvalu, with 610 residents/km² the most densely
populated island in the South Pacific.
For comparison: Tuvalu has 423 people/km², Germany 225 people/km² and Hong
Kong has 5,300 people/km².
|Name of the country
||Republic of Nauru
|Form of government
||Nauru is a parliamentary republic, which can also be called a
presidential-parliamentary republic in the Commonwealth of Nations.
||In the Pacific, northeast of Papua New Guinea; 0 ° 32 'south
latitude and 166 ° 55' east longitude
||"Nauru bwiema, ngaba ma auwe"
||About 9,500 (Credit:
||58% Nauruanians, 26% other Pacific islanders, 8% Chinese and 8%
||The main religion is Christianity, which is distributed roughly as
follows: Protestants 66%, Catholics 33%
||The official languages are Nauruan, which does not function as a
written language, as well as English, the written language Naurus.
||Nauru has no official capital
||The highest point on the island is 61 m high and is called Command
|International license plate
||Australian dollar (AUD)
|Time difference to CET
||+ 10.5 h
|International phone code
|Internet TLD (Top Level Domain)
The first settlers arrived from New Guinea around 3,000 years ago. The island
was traditionally settled by 12 tribes. Each of these tribes now holds one of
the 14 governmental restrictions.
The Europeans are coming
Abbreviationfinder website, the first European to see Nuaru in 1798 was the British captain John Fearn
(1768-1837), who was on the whaling ship "Hunter". He named the island Friendly
Island, "Pleasant Island". However, the friendly island soon developed into a
base for pirates.
In 1888 Nauru was added to the Protectorate of the German Empire.
The British geologist Albert Ellis discovered, like on Barnaba, part of the
Marshall Islands, huge deposits of phosphate, known as Guana manure, which was
made from the excrement remains of birds. The German Reich took part in mining
the raw material.
The German Empire ordered the Christianization of the islanders and in 1899
sent the Protestant Pastor Delaporte and the Catholic Pastor Grundl as the first
In 1905 the "Pacific Phosphate Company" was founded by German and British
companies. The aim of the company was to promote the exploitation of the
The island was occupied by the Australians in 1914 and administered by the
British until 1921 when it was placed under Australian administration as a
mandate of the League of Nations.
The Japanese occupied the island in 1942, devastated it and deported 1,800
Nauruans, which corresponded to about two thirds of the population at the time,
to labor camps on the island of Tuk, which is located in what is now the United
States of Micronesia.
Of these, only a third of those displaced returned to Nauru in 1945.
In the same year the Australians took possession of the island again.
Two years later the island came under the trusteeship of the United
Nations. However, it remained under Australian administration.
After the declaration of independence
On January 31, 1968 Nauru became independent and received the status of a
republic within the Commonwealth. Hammer de Roburt was elected as the first
president. He had already been elected chief in 1956.
Bernhard Dowiyogo (1946-2003) replaced him in 1976 after elections. However,
after Dowiyogo's resignation, Hammer de Roburt became president again. After 13
years, in 1989, he was forced to resign due to corruption.
Bernard Dowiyogo came to power again and won subsequent elections in 1992 and
Nauru sued Australia before the International Court of Justice in The Hague
for damages in relation to the overexploitation of phosphate. A settlement was
reached and Nauru received € 60 million in damages from Australia.
In 1999 René Harris (born 1947) became the new President and Nauru joined the
United Nations on September 14 of the same year. Nauru also became a full member
of the Commonwealth of Nations on May 1, 1999.
Bernard Dowiyogo was reappointed President by Parliament a year later. However,
this was overthrown and replaced by its predecessor on March 31, 2001.
In the same year the OECD commented on the conditions on the island.
Nauru was entered on the "black list" of tax havens and had to put up with
sanctions from the OECD's "Financial Action Task Force" for accepting money
In 2002, Australia paid around 17 million euros to Nauru for taking in boat
refugees. Two years later, Nauru was removed from the "black list" of tax
After the death of President Dowiyogo in 2003, René Harris came back to power.
At the end of 2003 the state was insolvent. In the following year, all
satellite communications for the state were therefore shut down. On October 2,
2004, Ludwig Scotty (born 1948) was appointed President.
In 1968-2002, Nauru earned $ 3.6 billion from the phosphate trade.
When this source of income dried up, Nauru began selling passports and
laundering money in the late 1990s. In 1998 alone, the state is said to have
laundered 70 billion US dollars for the Russian mafia.
Nevertheless, the state could no longer pay its officials at Christmas 2003. In
March 2004 the country was switched off from international
telecommunications. The debtors simply turned off the satellite.
The country has made itself insolvent through mismanagement, nepotism and
over-administration. One still affords an unnecessary state apparatus. The
island, which is only 21 km2 in size, has 14 governmental restrictions. The
island also affords an expensive presence on all sorts of bodies in the world,
which also devours large amounts of money.