Papua New Guinean Culture

Population Statistics

Papua New Guinea

Population

6,791,317

[July 2016 est.]

Language

Tok Pisin [official]

English [official]

Hiri Motu [official]

There are over 800 indigenous languages spoken.

Religion

Protestant Christianity 69.4%
Roman Catholic Christianity 27%
Other 3.6%

[Census, 2000]

Ethnicity

Melanesian

Papuan

Negrito

Micronesian

Polynesian

Australians with Papua New Guinean Ancestry

18,801
[Census, 2016]

Papua New Guineans in Australia

Population

28,800

[Census, 2016]

This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Papua New Guinea.

Median Age

44
[Census, 2016]

Gender

Male 44.3%
Female 55.7%

[Census, 2016]

Religion

Catholic Christianity 29.6%
Anglican Christianity 10.7%
Uniting Church Christianity 9.9%
Other Religion 25.3%
No Religion 20.7%

[Census, 2016]

Ancestry

Papua New Guinean 25.6%
English 18.0%
Australian 17.9%
Chinese 7.2%
Other Ancestry 31.3%

[Census, 2016]

Language Spoken at Home

English 74.4%
Tok Pisin 8.7%
Pidgin [undefined] 4.8%
Cantonese 4.3%
Other Languages 7.0%

Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 95.2% speak English fluently.

[Census, 2016]

Diaspora

Queensland 56.0%
New South Wales 19.0%
Victoria 9.1%
Western Australia 7.1%
Other 8.8%

[Census, 2016]

Arrival to Australia

Prior to 2007 75.7%
2007 - 2011 9.4%
2012 - 2016 10.0%

[Census, 2016]

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