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Papua New Guinea Facts

  • Name: Papua New Guinea
  • Capital City: Port Moresby (307,643 pop.)
  • Papua New Guinea Population: 6,310,129 (2012 est.)
  • World Populations (all countries)
  • Currency: Papua New Guinean kina (PGK)
    (conversion rates)

    Boliviano
    20 kina
  • Ethnicity: Melanesian, Papuan, Negrito, Micronesian, Polynesian
  • GDP total: $14.93 billion (2010 est.)
  • GDP per capita: $2,500 (2010 est.)
  • Land Sizes
  • Language: Tok Pisin, English, and Hiri Motu are official languages; some 860 indigenous languages spoken (over one-tenth of the world's total)

    note: Tok Pisin, a creole language, is widely used and understood; English is spoken by 1%-2%; Hiri Motu is spoken by less than 2%
  • Largest Cities: (by population) Port Moresby, Lae, Arawa, Mount Hagen, Popondetta, Madang
  • Name: Papua refers to the race of people who inhabited New Guinea, and comes fom the Malay papuah meaning "frizzled"
  • National Day: September 16
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 27%, Evangelical Lutheran 19.5%, United Church 11.5%, Seventh-Day Adventist 10%, Pentecostal 8.6%, Evangelical Alliance 5.2%, Anglican 3.2%, Baptist 2.5%, other Protestant 8.9%, Bahai 0.3%, indigenous beliefs and other 3.3%
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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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This page was last modified on April 7, 2017.