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Papua New Guinea

Motto: Unity in diversity


Papua New Guinea, is a country in Oceania, occupying the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and numerous offshore and is located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean in a region defined since the early 19th century as Melanesia.

The capital city is Port Moresby and the current Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea is Sir Michael Somare.

Papua New Guinea is one of the most diverse countries on Earth, with over 850 indigenous languages and at least as many traditional societies, out of a population of just under 7 million. It is also one of the most rural, with only 18% of its people living in urban centres.

The country is one of the world's least explored, culturally and geographically.

The majority of the population lives in traditional societies and practice subsistence-based agriculture. These societies and clans have some explicit acknowledgement within the nation's constitutional framework which expresses the wish for traditional villages and communities to remain as viable units of Papua New Guinean society, with active steps taken in their preservation.

After being ruled by three external powers since 1884, Papua New Guinea gained its independence from Australia in 1975. It remains a realm of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Papua New Guinea.

Many people live in extreme poverty, with about one third of the population living on less than US$1.25 per day.