Palau, officially the Republic of Palau , is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, some 500 miles (800 km) east of the Philippines and 2,000 miles (3,200 km) south of Tokyo. Having emerged from United Nations trusteeship (administered by the United States) in 1994, it is one of the world's youngest and smallest sovereign states. In English, the name is sometimes spelled Belau in accordance with the native pronunciation. It was formerly also spelled Pelew.
The National anthem of Palau is "Belau er Kid" (Our Palau), composed by classical musician, Ymesei O. Ezekiel and the lyrics combined from several authors. It adopted its anthem in 1980 when independence was first requested. It gained independence from the United States in 1994.