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Papua New Guinea 2010

Papua New Guinea



Papua New Guinea / Papuaniugini
Oceania. Mostly mountains with coastal lowlands and rolling foothills. 462,840 km2 (slightly > CA). 49% arable.

Capital Port Moresby (250,000)

Population 5.9M (12.8/km2)

Life expectancy 66 years


Literacy 57%

Lang(s) Melanesian Pidgin, 820 indigenous languages, English (1-2%)

Religions Roman Catholic 27%, Evangelical Lutheran 20%, United Church 12%, Seventh-Day Adventist 10%, Pentecostal 9%, Evangelican Alliance 5%, Anglican 3%, Baptist 3%,other Protestant 9%, Bahai .3%, indigenous beliefs and other 3%

Ethnic Groups Melanesian, Papuan, Negrito, Micronesian, Polynesian

Gov’t Constitutional parliamentary democracy

GDP/cap $2,300

PCVs 1981 – 2001; Total to Date 701

Nat’l holiday Independence Day – 16 September (1975)

Adult Books

The Last Men: Journey Among the Tribes of New Guinea
by Jago Corazza

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: White Star Publishers (September 7, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-8854403987

Book Description
There are still hundreds of unknown populations in Papua New Guinea remained untouched by civilization, many of which are dying out. A glimpse into the lives of the people of this untamed Eden.
Offer’s a glimpse into the relatively unknown tribes – some which are dying out - of this untamed Eden.

Kids' Books

Warriors, wigmen and the crocodile people: journeys into Papua New Guinea
by Margolies, Barbara A.

Format: Library Binding, 40 pages
ISBN: 978-0027622836
Age Range: 5–9 years
Publisher: New York: Four Winds Press; Toronto: Maxwell Macmillan Canada; New York: Maxwell Macmillan International; Simon & Schuster, 1993

Margolies' photographs are the draw in this oversize volume in which she introduces two communities in Papua New Guinea. Ages 5 to 9.


Documentary: Papa Bilong Chimbu
Director: Verena Thomas


Various Artists (Smithsonian Folkways): Bonsavi: Rain Forest

Focus Word

Focus Word for 2010 - "Justice"

Melanesian Pidgin: Motu

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