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Papua New Guinea


Demographic and development statistics for PNG


 Population 6.9 million
 Projected population in 2020 8.5 million
 Capital Port Moresby
 Human Development Index 0.466
(rank 153 of 187) 


(Source: UN Human Development Indicators, except where noted)

Life expectancy at birth 62.8
Expenditure on public health (per cent of GDP) 2.6 per cent
Under-5 mortality (per 1,000 live births) 68
Maternal mortality per 100,000 250


Mean years of schooling (of adults over 25) 4.3
Adult literacy rate (both sexes, per cent aged 15 and above) 60.1 per cent
Net enrolment ratio in primary education 29.3
Public expenditure on education (per cent of GDP) 4.4
Internet users 87,785.8
Expected years of schooling (children) 5.8
Population with at least secondary education (ratio of female to male rates) 0.508


GDP (current $US) $US9,480,047,959
GNI per capita, Atlas method (current $US) $US1,300
GDP growth (annual per cent, 2010) 8 per cent
Workers' remittances and compensation of employees, received (per cent of GDP) 0.158
Workers' remittances and compensation of employees, received (current $US) 14,952,318
Population below $1.25 per day poverty line (PPP) (per cent of population, 1996) 35.82


Adolescent fertility rate (women aged 15-19 years, births per 1,000 women) 66.9
Share in parliament, female to male ratio 0.009


Carbon dioxide emissions per capita (tonnes) 0.3 (low)
Savings as a per cent of GNI 11.068 per cent


Last reviewed: 1 November, 2013