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Country (long form) Independent State of Papua New Guinea
Capital Port Moresby
Total Area 178,703.52 sq mi
462,840.00 sq km
(slightly larger than California)
Population 5,049,055 (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 10,670,394
Languages English spoken by 1%-2%, pidgin English widespread, Motu spoken in Papua region
note: 715 indigenous languages
Literacy 72.2% total, 81.0% male, 62.7% female (1995 est.)
Religions Roman Catholic 22%, Lutheran 16%, Presbyterian/Methodist/London Missionary Society 8%, Anglican 5%, Evangelical Alliance 4%, Seventh-Day Adventist 1%, other Protestant 10%, indigenous beliefs 34%
Life Expectancy 61.39 male, 65.64 female (2001 est.)
Government Type constitutional monarchy with parliamentary democracy
Currency 1 kina (K) = 100 toea
GDP (per capita) $2,500 (2000 est.)
Industry copra crushing, palm oil processing, plywood production, wood chip production; mining of gold, silver, and copper; crude oil production; construction, tourism
Agriculture coffee, cocoa, coconuts, palm kernels, tea, rubber, sweet potatoes, fruit, vegetables; poultry, pork
Arable Land 0.1%
Natural Resources gold, copper, silver, natural gas, timber, oil, fisheries


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