Talk:Demographics of Papua New Guinea

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In Papua New Guinean media the term Papuan is generally reserved for the inhabitants of the former British colony, which is not identically with the ethnic term used here.

Ethnic groupings[edit]

I'm not happy with the 'ethnic groupings' listed in the article. Regards the 'Major ethnic groupings': 'Melanesian' is not an ethnic group; there are no Micronesians or Polynesians indigenous to PNG; and 'Negrito' is not an ethnic group, but rather a term for the small, very dark, peoples found in various parts of south-east Asia and the western Pacific.

The list of 'Minor ethnic groupings' lists 'Papuans' and 'Wopkaimin'. I don't think 'Papuans' is an ethnic group (though this may depend on how you want to define the word 'ethnic').

There are hundreds of groups that could be listed as 'minor ethnic groupings' so it might be best to scratch that category and just list major groups. Some that could perhaps be listed (off the top of my head) might be: Ok, Enga, Motu, Tolai, Kiwai, Arapesh. Any additions? Dougg 04:05, 18 May 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Sounds like you know a lot about this. There's obviously a lack of knowledge about this, maybe you should work on updating the article!--FUNKAMATIC ~talk 22:25, 7 October 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Much of the content from this comes from The US State Department with minimal changes. tim.calkins 23:20, 13 March 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Why these links from country articles part "Capital (and largest city)" go to the Demographics pages? There's nothing about cities in the demographics page(s). —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:54, 20 August 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]


"age 72 and over can read and write". This is a strangely limited definition. Scott McNay (talk) 00:13, 26 December 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"Ancestor Cult"[edit]

Cult is most often associated with being derogatory, and should not be used here as it isn't neutral wording. I'll fix it. --FUNKAMATIC ~talk 22:26, 7 October 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"Life expectancy at birth"[edit]

Well, under that headline I can't find the life expectancy, but I think rather the infant mortality rate. Could somebody check that? --Ora Unu (talk) 17:36, 21 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]