Ethnicity, Language, & Religion of the Federated States of Micronesia
The people of the Federated States of Micronesia
are ethnically Micronesian. The Micronesians are a combination of Melanesian, Polynesian,
and Filipino, but every sub-group has differing combinations of these ethnicities
and each's culture, food, and language varies based on these differences. The
people of the Federated States of Micronesia generally identify by their more localized
and specific ethnicity, although all of these people can be considered Micronesian.
About half of the country's population is ethnically Chuukese, about a quarter
of the population is Pohnpeian, and the last quarter is divided among numerous groups,
many of which are unified by island groupings, including the Kosraean, Yapese, and
others. No matter the group, all of these people are closely related in an ethnic
sense and are also fairly closely related to the people of Palau,
the Marshall Islands, and to a lesser degree Kiribati.