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Papua New Guinea

Capital :Port Moresby

Land Area : 462,840 sq km

Head of Government : Prime Minister The Rt Hon Sir Michael Somare (since 2 August 2002)

Population :5,545,268 (July 2005 est.)

Major Languages :"English spoken by 1%-2%, pidgin English widespread, Motu spoken in Papua region note: 715 indigenous languages "

Major Religion(s) : Roman Catholic 22%, Lutheran 16%, Presbyterian / Methodist/London Missionary Society 8%, Anglican 5%, Evangelical Alliance 4%, Seventh-Day Adventist 1%, other Protestant 10%, indigenous beliefs 34%

Date of Joining : 1975

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