Papua New Guinea facts
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    Land of languages
    Papua New Guinea has more languages than any other country, with over 820 indigenous languages, representing 12% of the world's total languages. Tok Pisin, one of the three official languages, is widely used and understood (English and Hiri Motu are the other two official languages)
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    Papua New Guinea facts
    Most diverse country

    Papua New Guinea is one of the world's least explored - culturally and geographically - nation and many undiscovered species of plants and animals are thought to exist in the interior, as well as groups of uncontacted people
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    Bird of Paradise

    The Raggiana bird-of-paradise is the national bird of Papua New Guinea. Known locally as 'kumul', it was made the national emblem and was included on the national flag.
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    Airport

    Jacksons International Airport is the only international airport in Papua New Guinea, located 8 kilometres from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea's capital city.
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    Named after Guinea
    Portuguese sailor Jorge de Meneses is the first known European visitor to the region. In 1526, he named one of the islands "ilhas dos Papuas" (meaning "land of fuzzy-haired people"). The island of New Guinea is named after the African country, Guinea. In 1545, Spanish explorer Yñigo Ortiz de Retez named the island "New Guinea" (Nueva Guinea) ashe noted the resemblance of the people to those he had earlier seen along the Guinea coast of Africa. Guinea, in its turn, is etymologically derived from Portuguese word 'Guiné' (meaning "land of the blacks").
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    Kina
    Sea shells were used as the currency of Papua New Guinea until they were abolished as currency in 1933. In some tribes, to get a bride, a groom must bring a certain number of golden-edged clam shells as a bride price. The kina (PGK) is the currency of Papua New Guinea. It is divided into 100 toea. The kina was introduced on 19 April 1975, replacing the Australian dollar at par. The name kina refers to a callable pearl shell.
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    Papua New Guinea facts
    Queen Alexandra's Birdwing
    Queen Alexandra's birdwing, the largest butterfly in the world, is native to Papua New Guinea. Restricted to the forests of the Oro Province in eastern Papua New Guinea, females of this species reach wingspans slightly in excess of 25 cm (9.8 inches)
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