Yaren District

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Yaren
District
Nauru parliament
Nauru parliament
Yaren District within Nauru
Yaren District within Nauru
Coordinates: 0°32′51.72″S 166°55′15.12″E / 0.5477000°S 166.9208667°E / -0.5477000; 166.9208667Coordinates: 0°32′51.72″S 166°55′15.12″E / 0.5477000°S 166.9208667°E / -0.5477000; 166.9208667
Country  Nauru
Constituency Yaren
Area
 • Total 1.5 km2 (0.6 sq mi)
Elevation 25 m (82 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 747
Time zone (UTC+12)
Area code(s) +674
Climate Af
Map of Yaren

Yaren, in earlier times Makwa/Moqua, is a district of the Pacific nation of Nauru. It is the de facto capital of Nauru and is coextensive with Yaren Constituency.[1]

History[edit]

The district was created in 1968. Its original name, Makwa (or Moqua), refers to Moqua Well, an underground lake and primary source of drinking water for Nauruan people.[2]

Geography[edit]

Yaren is located in the south of the island. Its area is 1.5 km2 (0.58 sq mi), and its elevation was 25 metres (82 feet) as of 2007. To the north of Yaren is Buada, to the east is Meneng and to the west is Boe.[3]

Administration[edit]

Yaren (and sometimes Aiwo) is usually listed as the capital of Nauru though this is incorrect; the republic does not have cities or an official capital. Yaren is accepted by the United Nations as the "main district".

English and Nauruan, the official languages of Nauru, are spoken in the district.

Government and administrative buildings[edit]

The following government offices are located in this district:

Constituency[edit]

Yaren also constitutes a political constituency. It returns two members to the Parliament of Nauru.[1]

Main sights[edit]

Personalities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Constituencies of Nauru (naurugov.nr)
  2. ^ "Moqua Caves and Moqua Well", Gatis Pāvils, 30 October 2011.
  3. ^ 313728509 Yaren on OpenStreetMap

External links[edit]

Media related to Yaren at Wikimedia Commons