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Independent State of Papua New GuineaGau Hedinarai ai Papua-Matamata Guinea (Hari-Motu)Independen Stet bilong Papua Niugini (Tok Pisin)
Note: The literal translation of Gau Hedinarai is “entity of the people,” hence the official title in Hari-Motu could be “Republic of Papua New Guinea.”
Political Status: Former Australian-administered territory; achieved internal self-government on December 1, 1973, and full independence within the Commonwealth on September 16, 1975, under constitution of August 15.
Area: 178,259 sq. mi. (461,691 sq. km).
[Page 1132]Population: 7,345,926 (2014E—UN); 7,059,653 (2011E—PNG Census); 6,552,730 (2014—U.S. Census).
Major Urban Centers (2009E): PORT MORESBY (metropolitan area, 254,158), Lae (78,038), Mt Hagen (27,789).
Official Languages: English, Tok Pisin, Hari-Motu.
Monetary Unit: Kina (market rate October 1, 2014: 2.48 kina = $1US).
Sovereign: Queen ELIZABETH II.
Governor General: Sir Michael OGIO; elected by the National Parliament on January ...