Embassy of the Federated States of Micronesia in Beijing
Minister Counselor: Mr. Carlson D. Apis
Address: No. 1-1-11, Jianguomenwai Diplomatic Compound, Chaoyang District
Postal Code: 100600
Tel: (+86)10 6532 4708, 6532 4738
Fax: (+86)10 6532 4609
The Federated States of Micronesia is an island nation situated in the Pacific Ocean. It consists of 607 islands, of which 65 islands were populated. It is about 2,735 kilometers long from east to west and 900 kilometers wide from south to north. It is divided into 4 states, Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae. It is currently free from active volcano and earthquake. It is a sovereign state in free association with the United States. In 1979, as a UN Trust Territory under US administration, the Constitution was enacted in the Federated States of Micronesia. In 1986, independence was achieved with the implementation of the Free Association with US.
Women are specially respected in the local area. It is considered that they should talk slowly and softly in public. In some ethnic groups, the phenomenon that women bear the baby before getting married still exists. Probably under the influence of the food, the fat is in the majority. Barbecue liking fish, prawns, steak are to their liking. The locals prefer to wear T-shirts or blouses in a casual way when being invited to dinners; they only wear ties on some formal occasions. The hosts usually prepare for more delicacies; they will pack the leftovers for the guests to show their hospitality and sincerity. Most people have got into the habit of chewing betelnuts rolling up with pulverized lime and tobacco leaves. Moreover, in off-island in Yap men and women are topless, photo-taking is forbidden.
It is typically the tropical oceanic climate. The temperature changes mildly all the year round with the average of 27 degree centigrade. It is moist and rainy, the yearly rainfall is about 4400-5000 millimeters. Every 6-8 years does the El-Nino hit the area. It is located on southern edge of the typhoon belt with occasionally severe damages. It was recorded the earliest typhoon happened in Dec 1957, the biggest in Nov 25, 1991 with the wind speed reaching up to 32.9 meters per second.