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Guam was ceded to the US by Spain in 1898. Captured by the Japanese in 1941, it was retaken by the US three years later. The military installation on the island is one of the most strategically important US bases in the Pacific.

Languages & Population

Approximate Population: 173,456 (July 2007 est.)

Nationality (Noun): Guamanian(s) (US citizens)

Nationality (Adjective): Guamanian

Official Language(s): English

Major Languages Spoken: Chamoro, English, Palauan

Map of Guam

Country Facts

Country Name (long form): Territory of Guam

Country Name (short form): Guam

Country Name (local long form): Guahan

Country Name (local short form): Guahan

Name of Capital: Hagatna (Agana)

UTC Time Difference (from capital): UTC+10 (15 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Countries Near by, and Bordering Guam: Northern Marianas Islands, Palau

Land Area: 541 sq km

Comparative Area: three times the size of Washington, DC

Coastline: 125.5 km

National Holiday: Discovery Day, first Monday in March (1521)

International Phone Code: -670

Currency Code: US dollar (USD)

Internet Country Code: .gu

US Embassy Location: none (territory of the US)

US Embassy Mailing Address: none (territory of the US)


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