30 interesting facts about Nauru

Facts about Nauru

Nauru is a small island inhabited by nauruans, local indigenous people. This tiny piece of land has a surprisingly eventful history…

Top facts about Nauru

  1. Nauru is a small island state isolated from the rest of the world.
  2. Local residents are considered to be the thickest in the world. According to statistics, about 95% of the population here have varying degrees of obesity.
  3. Nauru has no capital.
  4. Only a bit more than 10 thousand people live here.
  5. The unemployment rate in Nauru is one of the highest in the world, over 80%.
  6. Nauru land area is about 21 square kilometers only. Well, at least that’s 10 times more than Monaco! 🙂
  7. Almost everything in Nauru is imported here.
  8. The island has problems with fresh water, and it is delivered here by tankers from Australia.
  9. Also Australia hosts refugee camps here and pays for that.
  10. Nauru has only two hotels.
  11. The island is visited by several hundred tourists a year on average.
  12. Nauru hasn’t any regular passenger services with other countries.
  13. The Republic of Nauru is the smallest island nation in the world.
  14. Nauru is also the smallest country outside Europe.
  15. There are 2 official languages, English and Nauru.
  16. 90% locals here are ethnic nauruans.
  17. The writing of the nauruan language is based on the Latin alphabet.
  18.  About 90% of the forest on Nauru had been cut down during the 80s as a result of active mining of the phosphate rock.
  19. 80% of Nauru’s territory is a lifeless wasteland nowadays.
  20. During the 80s of the last century, while the above-mentioned phosphorites were actively mined, the Republic of Nauru was one of the richest countries in the world.
  21. Over the next decade, Nauru set a record by moving from the first world to the third world in record time.
  22. Nauru has two fishing vessels. Yep, only two 🙂
  23. The total length of roads in Nauru is lesser than 40 kilometers.
  24. Nauru has an airport and its own airline, which owns two old “Boeings”.
  25. The railway to Nauru is also there, its length is 3.9 kilometers.
  26. Nauru doesn’t have any public transport.
  27. There’s only one radio station on the island.
  28. Nauru got an access to Internet in 1998.
  29. Education is free of charge here.
  30. The island doesn’t have its own higher education institutions, but there is a branch of the University of the South Pacific, where people can study in absentia.