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Guam

Unincorporated territory of the ‌United States
Flag of Guam Emblem of Guam
Motto
Where America's Day Begins
Anthem
Fanohge Chamoru
Map of Guam
CapitalHagåtña
Government Unorganized territory
Head of state
- From 2009Barack Obama
Governor
- From 2011Eddie Calvo
Legislature Legislature
History
June 21, 1898Established
Area541.3 km²
Population
- 2009178,000
 Density328.8/km²
GDP2009 (PPP)
- TotalUS$ 2.6 billion
- Per capitaUS$ 15,000
CurrencyUnited States dollar
Flag of None Spanish Philippines
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Guam is an unincorporated unorganized territory of the United States, located in Micronesia.


Background

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.[1]

Economy

The economy depends largely on US military spending and tourism. Total US grants, wage payments, and procurement outlays amounted to $1.3 billion in 2004. Over the past 30 years, the tourist industry has grown to become the largest income source following national defense. The Guam economy continues to experience expansion in both its tourism and military sectors.[2]

Head of state

  • Barack Obama () (January 20, 2009 - )


Governor

  • Eddie Calvo () (January 3, 2011 - )

Nation

United States Unincorporated Territories

References

  1. The CIA World Factbook: Introduction - Background
  2. The CIA World Factbook: Economy - Overview

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