Micronesia is made up many islans in the Pacific Ocean - so think "ocean blue" when you print this striking flag and colour in the background!
Micronesia is made up of thousands of tiny islands! Learn a little bit about it with the kids and colour in its pretty flag (or print one out already coloured in).
An original dwelling on the Micronesian island of Pohnpei
Learn About Micronesia
- The Federated States of Micronesia consists of 607 islands in the western Pacific in the Oceania region, comprising the states of Chuuk, Yap, Pohnpai and Kosrae.
- The combined land area of just 702 square km is spread amongst the archipelago which is 2,900 km wide, and has a combined population of 110,000.
- First visited over 4,000 years ago, the islands were home to the Saudeleur dynasty from 500-1500 CE, explored by the Portuguese and part of the Spanish East Indies for over 4 centuries until being sold to Germany.
- The Japanese based part of their fleet in Truk Lagoon until they were destroyed in battle in1944. SInce then the US has administered the area, despite statehood in 1979.
Finds from shipwrecks in Chuuk lagoon, Micronesia
- Chuuk lagoon is a famous shipwreck diving site with over 80 hulks to explore.
- Micronesia forms part of the Caroline Island chain, which also includes Palau, now a separate nation.
- The capital city is Palikir on Pohnpai island. It is surrounded by tropical rainforest and is very wet, receiving 4800 millimetres of rain a year.
- Nan Modal is an ancient city on Pohnpa, built upon manmade stone and coral foundations. It is known as ‘The Venice of the Pacific’ due to the canals which flow between the ruins.
The Micronesia Flag
The blue background of the Micronesia flag symbolises the Pacific Ocean, and the four white stars represent the states in the federation (Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae and Yap). It was officially adopted on 30th November 1978.