Papua New Guinea Facts

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About Papua New Guinea Facts

Papua New Guinea, an island country in the western Pacific, gained independence from Australia in 1975. An abundance of minerals and petroleum brightens the outlook for this tropical nation, comprising eastern New Guinea and many small islands—including Bougainville and the Bismarck Archipelago. A patchwork of mountains, jungles, and swamplands, the country is home to some 700 Papuan and Melanesian tribes, each with its own language. Most of the inhabitants are subsistence farmers, although some grow cash crops.

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Population: 5,887,000

Capital: Port Moresby; 275,000

Area: 462,840 square kilometres (178,703 square miles)

Language: 715 indigenous languages

Religion: Protestant, indigenous beliefs, Roman Catholic

Currency: Kina

Life Expectancy: 57

GDP per Capita: U.S. $2,100

Literacy Percent: 66

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