Papua New Guinean Culture

Other Considerations

  • 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 predominantly quite young, with over half of its population being 24 years old or under.

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