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Papua New Guinea:
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Geography, Government, Economy, Communications & Transportation, Military & Transnational Issues.
Population
Definition - World rank and map
5,931,769 (July 2008 est.)
Population density
Definition - World rank and map
13.1 people per sq. km (July 2008 est.)
Age structure
Definition - World rank and map
0-14 years: 37.3% (male 1,124,174/female 1,086,478)
15-64 years: 58.7% (male 1,791,342/female 1,690,089)
65 years and over: 4% (male 111,023/female 128,663) (2008 est.)
Median Age
Definition - World rank and map
total: 21.5 years
male: 21.6 years
female: 21.4 years (2008 est.)
Population growth rate
Definition - World rank and map
2.118% (2008 est.)
Birth rate
Definition - World rank and map
28.14 births/1,000 population (2008 est.)
Death rate
Definition - World rank and map
6.96 deaths/1,000 population (2008 est.)
Net migration rate
Definition - World rank and map
NA
Sex ratio
Definition
at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.03 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 1.06 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.86 male(s)/female
total population: 1.04 male(s)/female (2008 est.)
Infant mortality rate
Definition - World rank and map
total: 46.67 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 50.68 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 42.47 deaths/1,000 live births (2008 est.)
Life expectancy at birth
Definition - World rank and map
total population: 66 years
male: 63.76 years
female: 68.35 years (2008 est.)
Total fertility rate
Definition - World rank and map
3.71 children born/woman (2008 est.)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate
Definition - World rank and map
0.6% (2003 est.)
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS
Definition - World rank and map
60,000 (2005 est.)
HIV/AIDS - deaths
Definition
600 (2003 est.)
Major infectious diseases
Definition
degree of risk: very high
food or waterborne diseases: bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever
vectorborne diseases: dengue fever and malaria (2008)
Nationality
Definition
noun: Papua New Guinean(s)
adjective: Papua New Guinean
Ethnic groups
Definition
Melanesian, Papuan, Negrito, Micronesian, Polynesian
Religions
Definition
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% (2000 census)
Languages
Definition
Melanesian Pidgin serves as the lingua franca, English spoken by 1%-2%, Motu spoken in Papua region
note: 820 indigenous languages spoken (over one-tenth of the world's total)
Literacy
Definition
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 57.3%
male: 63.4%
female: 50.9% (2000 census)


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