By Vexen Crabtree 2013
|ISO3166-1 Codes||GU, GUM, 3162|
“Spain ceded Guam to the US 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.”
CIA's The World Factbook (2013)6
“Northern Guam is mainly taken up by the US military´s Andersen Base but the south is a must-see, with its rural kaleidoscope of historical villages, stunning waterfalls and pristine beaches. As Micronesia´s most populous island, Guam is about as `cosmopolitan´ as it gets, so it cops a lot of attitude from Pacific snobs who reckon it lacks `real island culture´. Sure, American accents are everywhere (it´s an unincorporated US territory and many Guamanian homes fly the US flag) and the Chamorro language isn´t spoken quite as widely as it used to be. And if you never stray from Tumon Bay – the island´s glitzy duty-free shopping and accommodation hub – then undeniably you´ll be over- (or under-) whelmed.
But the island is currently in the throes of retooling itself. The tourism authorities talk of how `Product Guam´ (there´s that American influence) needs a complete overhaul from its current status as a Pacific theme park for Japanese tourists. There may come a day soon when Chamorro culture (long subsumed by various invasions and occupations) is promoted above all else, with an increased focus on local food and the fascinating stories underlying many of the villages.”
As a territory of the USA I do not have many specific statistics for this territory in its own right.
Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below8:
The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states simply: Roman Catholic 85%, other 15% (1999 est.)9.
|Internet Users (2016)10|
|Pos.||Higher is better10|
Internet access has become an essential research tool. It facilitates an endless list of life improvements, from the ability to network and socialize without constraint, to access to a seemingly infinite repository of technical and procedural information on pretty much any task. The universal availability of data has sped up industrial development and personal learning at the national and personal level. Individuals can read any topic they wish regardless of the locality of expert teachers, and, entire nations can develop their technology and understanding of the world simply because they are now exposed to advanced societies and moral discourses online. Like every communications medium, the Internet has issues and causes a small range of problems, but these are insignificant compared to the advantages of having an online populace.
|LGBT Equality (2017)11|
|Pos.||Higher is better|
There isn't much information in the database for Guam, most likely because it is either a part of another country (i.e., a territory or posession) and therefore most international statistics are counted for the country as a whole, or, this is such an exotic place that little data exists about it.
Current edition: 2013 May 01
Last Modified: 2017 Jun 21
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(2014) The World. Subtitled: "A Traveller's Guide to the Planet". Published by Lonely Planet, London, UK. Each chapter is devoted to a specific country and includes a list of the most interesting places to visit and a few other cultural notes.