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Religion in Papua New Guinea


New Guinea's population increased in 1990–2019 from 3.6 million to 8.6 million. Only 13 percent of the population lives in cities, the second lowest proportion in the whole of Oceania. The largest cities are Port Moresby (317,400 residents in 2012) and Lae. Extensive areas of the country's interior are almost unpopulated, while the population density is relatively high in some of the river valleys in the highlands, in some places along the coasts and on some islands.

Religions of Papua New Guinea

According to Countryaah data, Papua New Guinea's indigenous population is made up of Papuans in the inner parts of New Guinea and the Bismarck Archipelago and Melanesians along the coasts and disintegrates in nearly a thousand ethnic groups, many of which number only a few hundred individuals. Since the end of the 19th century, there is also a Chinese minority in the country.


In official contexts, three languages ​​are used: tok pisin, English and hiri-motu. Of these three, taken pisin, originally an English-based pidgin language, is by far the most important. It is still a second language for most people, but there are over 100,000 people who spoke taking pisin as their first language. In the capital Port Moresby there is a tendency for the Creole language to take pisin in some respects is approaching the "mother tongue" English (compare Creole language). Hiri-motu (see motu), formerly one of many native pidgin languages, is spoken mainly in the southern parts of the country. In addition, an estimated 750–850 structurally very different papua languages are spoken within the countryor so-called non-Austronesian languages, the largest of which are about 160,000 speakers. In addition to these, there are a large number of Austronesian languages spoken mainly in the coastal areas of the country.


About 59% of the population (1994) are Protestants (34% Lutherans); 33% are Roman Catholics. On the domestic Melanesian religion, see Oceania (Religion).

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