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Papua New Guinea's Information

Flag of Papua New Guinea
Land Area 452,860 km2
Water Area 9,980 km2
Total Area 462,840km2 (#54)
Population 6,791,317 (#105)
Population Density 15.00/km2
Government Type Parliamentary Democracy (National Parliament) Under A Constitutional Monarchy; A Commonwealth Realm
GDP (PPP) $28.02 Billion
GDP Per Capita $3,500
Currency Kina (PGK)
Largest Cities
  • 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%
  • Symbols
This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

Papua New Guinea Trivia

What is a Puppet Government?

A "puppet state" is a government that has little will of its own, as it needs financial backing or military support. Thus, it acts an a subordinate to another power in exchange for its own survival. The puppet government still holds its own facade of an identity, perpetuated by retaining its own flag, name, national anthem, law, and constitution. However, these type of governments are not considered as legitimate according to international law.

What Is A Puppet Government?

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