Papua New Guinea Population 2017

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Papua New Guinea has an estimated population of 7.4 million, which compares to the 2000 census population of 5.19 million. Papua New Guinea is one of the least densely populated countries in the world with 15 people per square kilometer (35/sq mi), which ranks 201st.

The largest city and capital is Port Moresby, with a population of about 310,000. Only 18% of the population in Papua New Guinea lives in an urban area. Papua New Guinea remains one of the least explored areas of the world.

Papua New Guinea Demographics

Papua New Guinea is one of the most diverse countries in the world with 848 different languages spoken (12% of the world's languages), of which 12 have no living speakers remaining. Most languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers. There are hundreds of ethnic groups indigenous to Papua New Guinea, although the largest is the Papuans, whose ancestors arrived in the area tens of thousands of years ago. Some remote Papuan tribes still have very little contact with the outside world.

Another large ethnic group is the Austronesians, whose ancestors arrived in the region less than 4,000 years ago. Today, people from around the world call Papua New Guinea home, including Polynesians, Micronesians, Filipinos, Australians, Europeans and Chinese.

While Papua New Guinea is one of the world's fastest growing economies, 30% of the population still lives below the international poverty line of $1.25 USD per day. Most people in Papua New Guinea still live on subsistence-based agriculture. The country has the highest incidence of HIV/AIDS in the Pacific and meets the criteria for a generalized HIV/AIDS epidemic. The leading cause of death is malaria, which affected about 1.7 million people in 2003 alone.

Papua New Guinea Population in 2017 Source: Mark Matson

Papua New Guinea Population Density

About Papua New Guinea

Official Name Independent State of Papua New Guinea
Languages Spoken English, Tok Pisin, Hiri Motu
Borders IDN
Is Landlocked No
Latitude/Longitude -6,147
Currencies Used PGK

Papua New Guinea Population Clock

What is the population of Papua New Guinea (as of [[date]])? [[getCurrentPopulation()]]
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 120
Deaths Per Day 33
Net Migrations Per Day
Net Change Per Day 87
Population Change Since January 1st [[getPopChangeThisYear()]]
  • Net [[getIncreaseOrDecrease()]] of 1 person every [[getDurationPerPerson()]]

  • Population estimated based on interpolation of World Population Prospects data.

Papua New Guinea Population Indicators

Indicator Value World Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 27.517 births/thousand 54th
Crude Death Rate 7.6 deaths/thousand 96th
Crude Net Migration Rate 0 people/thousand 0th
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 63.135 years 169th
Life Expectancy (Male) 61.029 years 171st
Life Expectancy (Female) 65.356 years 168th
Total Fertility Rate 3.606 children/woman 49th
Net Reproduction Rate 1.564 surviving daughters/woman 51st
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.08 males per female 9th
Infant Mortality Rate 45.061 deaths/1,000 live births 35th
Under Five Mortality 58.297 deaths/thousand 43rd
Mean Age at Childbearing 29.757 years 82nd
Rate of Natural Increase 19.795 55th
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 12.666% 155th
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 13.341% 151st
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 11.945% 158th
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 31.64% 155th
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 35.205% 151st
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 27.885% 158th
Crude Suicide Rate 7.7 suicides/thousand 84th
Median Age (Total) 22.9 years 160th
Median Age (Female) 22.8 years 163rd
Median Age (Male) 23 years 157th

Papua New Guinea Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017 7,933,840 51.012% 48.988% 17 196 1.98% 100
2015 7,619,321 51.012% 48.988% 16 197 2.04% 100
2010 6,847,517 51.007% 48.993% 15 196 2.22% 102
2005 6,086,905 50.992% 49.008% 13 197 2.42% 101
2000 5,374,050 50.983% 49.017% 11 199 2.55% 103
1995 4,715,929 51.012% 48.988% 10 198 2.6% 109
1990 4,157,903 51.139% 48.861% 9 199 2.47% 114
1985 3,677,854 51.293% 48.707% 8 200 2.52% 114
1980 3,215,482 51.516% 48.484% 7 198 2.72% 115
1975 2,809,692 51.585% 48.415% 6 196 2.77% 118
1970 2,434,755 51.626% 48.374% 5 195 2.77% 120
1965 2,161,103 51.731% 48.269% 4 196 2.17% 121
1960 1,966,957 51.931% 48.069% 4 192 1.72% 119
1955 1,821,496 52.22% 47.78% 4 191 1.42% 116
1950 1,708,192 52.694% 47.306% 3 192 1.23% 115

Papua New Guinea Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020 8,412,725 51.009% 48.991% 18 196 1.9% 100
2025 9,228,269 51.001% 48.999% 20 195 1.77% 96
2030 10,056,834 50.984% 49.016% 22 195 1.64% 93
2035 10,885,374 50.961% 49.039% 24 195 1.5% 90
2040 11,698,712 50.928% 49.072% 25 195 1.36% 88
2045 12,485,607 50.886% 49.114% 27 194 1.22% 86
2050 13,240,410 50.841% 49.159% 29 191 1.1% 85
2055 13,957,703 50.792% 49.208% 30 191 0.99% 84
2060 14,634,362 50.738% 49.262% 32 191 0.88% 82
2065 15,261,158 50.681% 49.319% 33 191 0.78% 82
2070 15,830,962 50.613% 49.387% 34 189 0.67% 82
2075 16,336,993 50.537% 49.463% 36 187 0.57% 82
2080 16,780,203 50.465% 49.535% 37 186 0.48% 82
2085 17,157,696 50.395% 49.605% 37 186 0.4% 81
2090 17,475,447 50.336% 49.664% 38 184 0.33% 80
2095 17,739,471 50.291% 49.709% 39 182 0.26% 80
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations