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Papua New Guinea - An Overview



Official Name:

Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Independen Stet bilong Papua Niugini



7,732,000 (2013 World Bank)


Islands: 600


Literacy Rate:

57% (2010 UNESCO)


Immigrant Languages:



Principal Languages:

English, Tok Pisin



The number of individual languages listed for Papua New Guinea is 851.

Of these, 839 are living and 12 are extinct. Of the living languages, 43 are institutional, 303 are developing, 347 are vigorous, 109 are in trouble, and 37 are dying.






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