Department of Resources and Economic Affairs
Kosraeans are a warm and friendly people. Most Kosraeans speak English and enjoy a relaxed island lifestyle. The culture is traditional Kosraean yet adaptable, and is a source of identity and inspiration. Traditional authority rests with the men within the families.
Religion plays an important role to the Kosraean people. On Sundays most people go to church and throughout the day a unique and beautiful Kosraean choral singing can be heard all over the island. Family, church, and community are the things closest to Kosraean hearts.
Liberation Day celebrations
In 2010, the population of Kosrae was 6,616 people with a median age of 21.5 years. The population of Kosrae is expected to grow at a steady rate of 2.4% annually.
Education is compulsory through eighth grade or age 15. The majority of young people receive a high school education modeled after the U.S. system. Some move on to obtain a
degree from the College of Micronesia - FSM; however, the Compact of Free Association allows Kosraeans to easily apply to colleges in Guam, Hawaii, and the mainland U.S. and a growing number of students each year are doing so.
The Compact also makes joining the U.S. military an attractive option for high school graduates. Consequently, there is a strongly supported Veterans' Association located on Kosrae.
College of Micronesia - FSM graduates
Kosrae State Government is a constitutional democracy with three branches of government: Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary. The Governor is the highest elected official and directs eight principal departments and offices. The Legislature is comprised of 14 senators elected from the four different municipalities. The Judiciary is headed by a Chief Justice.
The Director of the Department of Resources and Economic Activity, among others, oversees development activities for the executive branch of the State Government. Six divisions
support the activities of the Department: Consumer Services, Housing and Renovation Loan Fund, Industrial Development,
Marketing and Research, and Foreign Investment.
In 1998, the FSM National Government transferred the responsibility of economic development through foreign investment to each individual state in the Federation. The Kosrae State Government welcomes foreign investment aware that foreign capital, management, and technology are critical to the Kosrae's development.
Kosrae State Government Building