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Learn more about Papua New Guinea.
Flag of Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
Population: 5,420,280 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Port Moresby
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An Introduction to Papua New Guinea
The eastern half of the island of New Guinea - second largest in the world - was divided between Germany (north) and the UK (south) in 1885. The latter area was transferred to Australia in 1902, which occupied the northern portion during World War I and continued to administer the combined areas until independence in 1975. A nine-year secessionist revolt on the island of Bougainville ended in 1997 after claiming some 20,000 lives.

Papua New Guinea map

Map of Papua New Guinea ( Location ) : 6 00 S, 147 00 E, Oceania, group of islands including the eastern half of the island of New Guinea between the Coral Sea and the South Pacific Ocean, east of Indonesia. For additional reports and educational information specific to Papua New Guinea, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Papua New Guinean Flag
Divided diagonally from upper hoist-side corner; the upper triangle is red with a soaring yellow bird of paradise centered; the lower triangle is black with five, white, five-pointed stars of the Southern Cross constellation centered.

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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about Papua New Guinea.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 2.3%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 62.41 yrs - Male
    • 66.81 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 62,000 (2002)

Televisions:
    • 42,000 (1997)

Radios:
    • 410,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .pg

Did you know ... People from Papua New Guinea are called Papua New Guineans
 

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Data Source: Central Intelligence Agency 2004 World Factbook