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Papua New Guinea FlagPapua New Guinea

Unity In Diversity.



Population: 6,187,591 (2011)
Land Area: 462,840 sq km
Natural Resources: Gold, copper, silver, natural gas, timber, oil, fisheries
Capital: Port Moresby
Political System: Constitutional Parliamentary Democracy
State Leader: Sir Michael Somare (2002)
Languages: Melanasian Pidgin, English, Motu
Currency: Kina (PGK)
Major Religions: 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%
Major Ethnicities: Melanesian, Papuan, Negrito, Micronesian, Polynesian
Life Expectancy: 66.24 years (2011)


GDP Official Exchange Rate: 8.809 billion (2010)
GDP Purchasing Power Parity: 14.93 billion (2010)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 2,500 (2010)
GDP Growth Rate: 6.2% (2010)
GDP Structure: Agriculture 32.2%, Industry 35.7%, Services 32.1% (2010)
Labour Force By Occupation: NA
Industries: Copra crushing, palm oil processing, plywood production, wood chip production; mining of gold, silver and copper, crude oil production, petroleum refining; construction, tourism
Agriculture Products: Coffee, cocoa, copra, palm kernels, tea, sugar, rubber, sweet potatoes, fruit, vegetables, vanilla; shell fish, poultry, pork
Human Development Index: 0.466 (153rd)
Tourism Revenue: 101 million (2001)
Unemployment Rate: 1.8% (2004)

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Army Size: 3 100 (2004)
Budget: 1.4% of GDP (2005)

Current Situation


Papua New Guinea is located in Oceania. It is bordered by Indonesia. Papua New Guinea's economy is based for many citizens on subsistence agriculture. However, the resources sector notably oil and mining is very strong. The government has a hard task ahead, as they try to keep the economy balanced and growth high. The government seems so far to be succeeding in obtaining foreign investments and aid from the IMF and World Bank, but much work remains to be done.

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CIA World Factbook: Papua New Guinea
Wikipedia: Papua New Guinea

Updated on: December 27, 2011