Oceania. Mostly mountains with coastal lowlands and rolling foothills. 462,840 km2 (slightly > CA). 49% arable.

Capital Port Moresby (250,000)
Population 5.9M (12.8/km2)
Life expectancy 66 years
Literacy 57%
Lang(s) Melanesian Pidgin, 820 indigenous languages, English (1-2%)
Religions Roman Catholic 27%, Evangelical Lutheran 20%, United Church 12%, Seventh-Day Adventist 10%, Pentecostal 9%, Evangelican Alliance 5%, Anglican 3%, Baptist 3%,other Protestant 9%, Bahai .3%, indigenous beliefs and other 3%
Ethnic Groups Melanesian, Papuan, Negrito, Micronesian, Polynesian
Gov’t Constitutional parliamentary democracy
GDP/cap $2,300
PCVs 1981 – 2001; Total to Date 701
Nat’l holiday Independence Day – 16 September (1975)

Focus word for 2010 - “Justice”

Melanesian Pidgin


The Last Men: Journey Among the Tribes of New Guinea
by Jago Corazza
Book Description
There are still hundreds of unknown populations in Papua New Guinea remained untouched by civilization, many of which are dying out. A glimpse into the lives of the people of this untamed Eden.
Offer’s a glimpse into the relatively unknown tribes – some which are dying out - of this untamed Eden.

Kids' Books

Warriors,wigmen and the crocodile people: journeys into Papua New Guinea
by Margolies, Barbara A.
New York : Four Winds Press ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1993.
40 p. : col. ill., col. map ; 26 cm.

Margolies' photographs are the draw in this oversize volume in which she introduces two communities in Papua New Guinea. Ages 5 to 9.


Bonsavi: Rain Forest
Music from Papua New Guinea
Various Artists
Smithsonian Folkways


Papa Bilong Chimbu (documentary, Verena Thomas)


Banana Cake
Sweet Potato Crisps
Curried Fish