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Nauru Country Guide

  1. Country Facts
  2. Health
  3. Media
  1. Intro
  2. Geography
  3. People
  4. Travel
  5. Embassies & Visas
  6. Finance
  7. Cities/Regions

Quick Facts

Region: Asia & Oceania
Full Name: Republic of Nauru
Capital City: Yaren District
Language Spoken: Nauruan (official, a distinct Pacific Island language), English widely understood, spoken, and used for most government and commercial purposes

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Geographic data

0 32 S, 166 55 E

Elevation Extremes

lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m highest point: unnamed location along plateau rim 61 m

Land boundaries

0 km

Natural hazards

periodic droughts

Natural resources

phosphates, fish

Land use

arable land: 0% permanent crops: 0% other: 100% (2005)

Environmental current issues

limited natural fresh water resources, roof storage tanks collect rainwater, but mostly dependent on a single, aging desalination plant; intensive phosphate mining during the past 90 years - mainly by a UK, Australia, and NZ consortium - has left the central 90% of Nauru a wasteland and threatens limited remaining land resources

Climate

 

Time difference

time difference: UTC+12

Population

13,287 (July 2006 est.)

Age structure

0-14 years: 36.9% (male 2,507/female 2,391) 15-64 years: 61.2% (male 4,004/female 4,123) 65 years and over: 2% (male 139/female 123) (2006 est.)

Median age

total: 20.6 years male: 20 years female: 21.2 years (2006 est.)

Population growth rate

1.81% (2006 est.)

Birth rate

24.76 births/1,000 population (2006 est.)

Death rate

6.7 deaths/1,000 population (2006 est.)

Net migration rate

0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2006 est.)

Sex ratio

at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female 15-64 years: 0.97 male(s)/female 65 years and over: 1.13 male(s)/female total population: 1 male(s)/female (2006 est.)

Life expectancy at birth

total population: 63.08 years male: 59.5 years female: 66.84 years (2006 est.)

Total fertility rate

3.11 children born/woman (2006 est.)

Business Practices

Shirt and smart trousers or skirt will suffice for most business meetings; more formal wear is needed only for very special occasions. English and French are widely spoken in business circles.

Crime

There are no known threats to travelers and expatriates in Nauru. The island's crime rate is low. Travelers are advised to take common sense precautions such as securing all personal belongings.

Hotels

Nauru is not a major tourist destination and there are only two hotels. One is situated on the west coast, with restaurants and shops nearby. The other is at Anibare Bay, on the sparsely populated east coast. Visitors are advised to book well in advance.

Communications

Telephone IDD service is available in the country. The country code is 674. All outgoing international calls must be made through the operator. Telex and telegram facilities can be found at the Nauru Government Communications Office.

Electricity

is at 110/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Electricity

Plug Types

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Food And Dining

 

Entry departure requirements

Visa immigration information

HIV entry requirements

No Test Required

Departure tax

Embassies

British High Commission

Victoria House

47 Gladstone Road

PO Box 1355

Suva

Fiji

Telephone: (679) 3229100 (switchboard)

Facsimile: (679) 322 9132

Email: [email protected] Consular Section

[email protected] Visa Section

[email protected] Passport Section

[email protected] Projects Section

[email protected] Education Section

[email protected] Management Section

[email protected] Trade & Investment Section

[email protected] Pacific British Chamber of Commerce

[email protected] Public Diplomacy Section

Office Hours: GMT:

Sun-Wed: 2000-1240 / 0100-0400

Thurs: 2015-0100

Local Time:

Mon-Thurs: 0800-1240 / 1300-1600

Fri: 0815-1300

Nauruan Consulate in UK

Nauruan Consulate in London, Romshed Underriver, Nr Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0SD

Currency

 

Currency restrictions

 

Banking hours

 

Currency exchange

 

Credit cards

 

Travellers cheques

 

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  1. Health Information
  2. Recent Disease Outbreaks
  3. Hospital Database

Dental care

There is little dental care available in Nauru

Medication Availability

International medication is available

Blood supplies

Blood supplies should be considered as unsafe in Nauru

Medical facilities

Health care facilities in the Republic of Nauru are adequate for routine medical problems.

General caution

Recent medical and dental exams should ensure that the traveler is in good health. Carry appropriate health and accident insurance documents and copies of any important medical records. Bring an adequate supply of all prescription and other medications as well as any necessary personal hygiene items, including a spare pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses if necessary. Drink only bottled beverages (including water) or beverages made with boiled water. Do not use ice cubes or eat raw seafood, rare meat or dairy products. Eat well-cooked foods while they are still hot and fruits that can be peeled without contamination. Avoid roadside stands and street vendors. Swim only in well-maintained, chlorinated pools or ocean water known to be free from pollution. Wear clothing which reduces exposed skin and apply repellents containing DEET to remaining areas. Sleep in well-screened accommodations. Carry anti-diarrheal medication. Reduce problems related to sun exposure by using sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats, sunscreen lotions and lip protection.

Specific concerns

AIDS occurs. Blood supply may not be adequately screened and/or single-use, disposable needles and syringes may be unavailable. When possible, travelers should defer medical treatment until reaching a facility where safety can be assured. Hazards to bathers include corals and jellyfish, poisonous fish, and sea snakes.

Immunization

Hepatitis A: Consider active immunization with hepatitis A vaccine or passive immunization with immune globulin (IG) for all susceptible travelers. Especially consider choosing active immunization for persons planning to reside for a long period or for persons who take frequent short-term trips to risk areas. The importance of protection against hepatitis A increases as length of stay increases. It is particularly important for persons who will be living in or visiting rural areas, eating or drinking in settings of poor or uncertain sanitation, or who will have close contact with local persons (especially young children) in settings with poor sanitary conditions. Hepatitis B: Vaccination is advised for health care workers, persons anticipating direct contact with blood from or sexual contact with inhabitants, and persons planning extended stays of 6 months or greater (especially those who anticipate using local health care facilities, staying in rural areas, or having intimate contact with the local population). Typhoid: Vaccination should be considered for persons staying longer than 3 weeks, adventurous eaters, and those who will venture off the usual tourist routes into small cities, villages and rural areas. Importance of vaccination increases as access to reasonable medical care becomes limited. Contraindications depend on vaccine type. Note: All routine vaccines (such as DTP or Td, Hib, MMR, polio, varicella, influenza and pneumococcal) should be kept up-to-date as a matter of good health practice unrelated to travel.

Disease risk summary

Insect-borne illness: Dengue fever - occurs Dengue hemorrhagic fever - occurs Filariasis - prevalent Food-borne and water-borne illness: diseases such as the diarrheal diseases, the typhoid fevers and helminthic infections are common. Hepatitis occurs. Biointoxication may occur from raw or cooked fish and shellfish. Other hazards: Diseases such as measles and diphtheria are commonly reported. Influenza risk extends throughout the year.

Entry requirements

Yellow fever: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travelers over 1 year of age coming from infected areas.

Recent disease outbreaks

No recent disease outbreaks

 

NameAddress
Nauru Government HospitalDeing District Yaren
Nauru Phosphate Corporation HospitalDenig District

Media

The main newspaper is The Bulletin, published fortnightly in Nauruan and English. BBC World Service frequencies are MHz 15.36 11.95 9.740 7.145 and Voice of America frequencies are MHz 17.74 15.18 11.87 9.525 These are subject to change.

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