Papua New Guinean Culture

Other Considerations

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  • Papua New Guinea is Australia’s closest neighbouring country. The shortest distance between the two mainland islands is approximately 150kms, and there is only 5kms distance between the closest inhabited islands. While this fact may not be widely known as general knowledge in Australia, the close proximity does play a role in informing Australian and Papua New Guinean relations on a national level.
  • Although English was previously reserved for business, education and government affairs, it is increasingly being spoken among the younger generation due to the continuing influences of Western culture.
  • Papua New Guinean society is is quite predominantly young, with over half of its population being 24 years old or under.
Papua New Guinea
  • Population
    6,791,317
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Tok Pisin (official)
    English (official)
    Hiri Motu (official)
    Note: Over 800 indigenous languages spoken; some dialects have less than 1,000 speakers.
  • Religions
    Protestant Christianity (69.4%)
    Roman Catholic Christianity (27%)
    Other (3.6%)
    [2000 census]
  • Ethnicities
    Melanesian
    Papuan
    Negrito
    Micronesian
    Polynesian
  • Australians with Papua New Guinean Ancestry
    18,801 [2016 census]
Papua New Guineans in Australia
  • Population
    28,800
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Papua New Guinea.
  • Average Age
    41
  • Gender
    Male (44.8%)
    Female (55.2%)
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (32.1%)
    Anglican Christianity (12.3%)
    Uniting Church Christianity (10.8%)
    No Religion (16.4%)
    Other (28.3%)
  • Ancestry
    Papua New Guinean (23.3%)
    Australian (19.4%)
    English (17.9%)
    Chinese (7.9%)
    Other (31.5%)
  • Languages
    English (76.4%)
    Tok Pisin (6.9%)
    Cantonese (5.1%)
    Pidgin [nfd] (4.0%)
    Other (7.7%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (92.7%)
    Not Well (3.7%)
  • Diaspora
    Queensland (54.1%)
    New South Wales (20.3%)
    Victoria (9.5%)
    Western Australia (6.6%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (74.1%)
    2001-2006 (7.9%)
    2007-2011 (12.0%)
Where do we get our statistics?
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