Post 4: Background Information

New Guinea has a world population of about 7,259,456. A major urban area is Port Moresby which is the capital of the country. Around 383,000 people live in Port Moresby and the rate of urbanization in the years 2015-2020 is about 2.51% rate of change.

A popular place in New Guinea is  Rabaul. It is  well known for the volcano in that area, scuba diving, Simpson Harbor, snorkeling and much more. This area many years ago was destroyed due to a volcanic eruption and to this day is threatened by volcanic eruptions seeing as Rabaul is right on the edge of the volcano.

Some of the major languages spoken here are Tok Pisin (a creole language), English, and Hiri Motu, and some other indigenous languages.

Risk of disease living in this area is very high, main examples of food or waterborne diseases would be: Bacterial Diarrhea, Hepatitis A, and Typhoid fever. Examples of  vector borne disease in that area is dengue fever and malaria. About 0.8% of the population is currently living with HIV/ AIDS.

The religions in this country is a very broad variety, Protestant 64.3% (Evangelical Lutheran 18.4%, Seventh Day Adventist 12.9%, Pentecostal 10.4%, United Church 10.3%, Evangelical Alliance 5.9%, Anglican 3.2%, Baptist 2.8%, Salvation Army .4%), Roman Catholic 26%, other Christian 5.3%, non-Christian 1.4%, unspecified 3.1% (2011 est.) 

Some key events would be WWII and their role in that over the course of a few years. Another interesting key event is West New Guinea transferring to Indonesia. Then the Bougainville separatist struggle and then the truce. To this day key events are still being built and their history is always updating.

There is a lot to learn from this country, they have a ton of super intriguing stories of their history and they seem to have gone through a lot as a country. It is interesting seeing the disease rates there and they literally put a “before you travel make sure to get these immunizations.” I think I still have a lot to learn and I am definitely ready to learn more. 


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1 Response to Post 4: Background Information

  1. rrhodehouse says:

    Great post Grace! You put your information all together in a really easy way for me to follow and read. It should be a great place to jump in on your own inferences!

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