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Papua New Guinea

Capital: Port Moresby; GDP growth (annual %) 2016 : N/A
Key Facts
Full name: The Independent State of Papua New Guinea
Population: 6.9 million (UN, 2010)
Area: 462,840 sq km (178,704 sq miles)
Major language: English, Tok Pisin, Hiri Motu
Major religions: Christianity, indigenous beliefs
Life expectancy: 61 years (men), 66 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 kina = 100 toea
Main exports: Gold, petroleum, copper, coffee, palm oil, logs
GNI per capita: US $1,300 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .pg
International dialling code: +675
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