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10 Facts About Micronesia You Need To Know

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Pohnpei waterfall, Micronesia

Micronesia is a sub region of Oceania. It comprises thousands of islands in the western Pacific Ocean. The country has shared cultural history with two other island regions. These are Polynesia and Melanesia. Check out ten other facts about Micronesia that you might find interesting.

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Population:  103,549 (2013) World Bank

Capital: Palikir

Currency: United States dollar (USD)

President: Peter Christian

Continent: Oceania

System of Government: Democracy

Official Language: English

Weird Facts About Micronesia

1. AN ALL-PURPOSE HUT

Men House is a community building where men eat, sleep, and store their canoes.  Men also meet and discuss community matters here.

2. MIX NOT, VOICE NOT

Blood brothers and sisters avoid each other in public. And they are never to voice anything having to do with sex in each other's presence.

3. SUBMISSION

Women walk behind their husbands in public. It is a mark of honor.

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4. NO PUBLIC LOVE

Same sex friends may hold hands in public as a mark of friendship. But people of opposite sex must not attempt such oddity.

5. SOCIAL BUT SEGREGATED

In church and at social gatherings, men seat separately as do women; seating together is not encouraged.

6. LOVE NEIGHBORS

It is a must to share food with visitors.

7. CONSERVATIVE CIVILIZATION

One ethic group the Rumung at the far north is fearfully conservative.  The Rumung removed the bridge linking them to the Yap so as to have nothing to do with western civilization.

8. LEGAL TENDER

Official currency is the USD.

9. MANY MASTERS, SAME NATION

Micronesia has had four colonial masters before now.  They were the Portuguese, the Spanish, the German, and the Japanese.

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10. MATRILINEAL

Family lineage, especially one that leads to inheritance, is traced through the mother.

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