Flag of Nauru
Republic of Nauru


National anthem of Nauru

Nauru Bwiema

"Nauru Bwiema" ("Song of Nauru") is the national anthem of Nauru. Margaret Hendrie wrote the words; Laurence Henry Hicks composed the music. Nauru adopted the anthem in 1968.
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Map of Nauru

Map of Nauru

Basic information on Nauru

The exact origins of the Nauruans are unclear, since their language does not resemble any other in the Pacific. The island was annexed by Germany in 1888 and its phosphate deposits began to be mined early in the 20th century by a German-British consortium. Nauru was occupied by Australian forces in World War I and subsequently became a League of Nations mandate. After the Second World War - and a brutal occupation by Japan - Nauru became a UN trust territory. It achieved its independence in 1968 and joined the UN in 1999 as the world's smallest independent republic.
Location Oceania, island in the South Pacific Ocean, south of the Marshall Islands
Population 13,528 (July 2007 est.)
Nationality noun: Nauruan(s) adjective: Nauruan
Flag description blue with a narrow, horizontal, yellow stripe across the center and a large white 12-pointed star below the stripe on the hoist side; the star indicates the country's location in relation to the Equator (the yellow stripe) and the 12 points symbolize the 12 original tribes of Nauru