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Papua New Guinea People
Population:
5,420,280 (July 2004 est.)
Age structure:
0-14 years: 38.3% (male 1,053,940; female 1,019,492)
15-64 years: 58% (male 1,622,124; female 1,519,104)
65 years and over: 3.8% (male 96,638; female 108,982) (2004 est.)
Median age:
total: 21 years
male: 21.1 years
female: 20.8 years (2004 est.)
Population growth rate:
2.3% (2004 est.)
Birth rate:
30.52 births/1,000 population (2004 est.)
Death rate:
7.5 deaths/1,000 population (2004 est.)
Net migration rate:
0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2004 est.)
Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.03 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 1.07 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.89 male(s)/female
total population: 1.05 male(s)/female (2004 est.)
Infant mortality rate:
total: 53.15 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 48.7 deaths/1,000 live births (2004 est.)
male: 57.39 deaths/1,000 live births
Life expectancy at birth:
total population: 64.56 years
male: 62.41 years
female: 66.81 years (2004 est.)
Total fertility rate:
4.04 children born/woman (2004 est.)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:
0.6% (2003 est.)
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:
16,000 (2003 est.)
HIV/AIDS - deaths:
600 (2003 est.)
Nationality:
noun: Papua New Guinean(s)
adjective: Papua New Guinean
Ethnic groups:
Melanesian, Papuan, Negrito, Micronesian, Polynesian
Religions:
Roman Catholic 22%, Lutheran 16%, Presbyterian/Methodist/London Missionary Society 8%, Anglican 5%, Evangelical Alliance 4%, Seventh-Day Adventist 1%, other Protestant 10%, indigenous beliefs 34%
Languages:
Melanesian Pidgin serves as the lingua franca, English spoken by 1%-2%, Motu spoken in Papua region
note: 715 indigenous languages -- many unrelated
Literacy:
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 64.6%
male: 71.1%
female: 57.7% (2002)
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