Stat of the week: There are four languages with statutory recognition but an estimated 832 living languages in Papua New Guinea

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Did you know that Papua New Guinea is one of the most linguistically diverse countries in the world? There are four languages with statutory recognition (English, Tok Pisin, Hiri Motu, Sign) but an estimated 832 living languages.

 

About Pacific Island Countries and Territories:

Pacific Island Countries and Territories Government Capital  Languages
American Samoa USA unincorporated territory Pago Pago English. Samoan
Cook Islands Self-governing State in free association with New Zealand Avarua     Cook Islands Maori. English
Fiji Republic. UN Member State. Member of the Commonwealth Suva English. Fijian. Fiji Hindi
French Polynesia Self-governing Overseas Collectivity of France Papeete French
Guam         US Unincorporated Territory Hagatna English. Chamorro
Kiribati Republic. UN Member State (1999). Member of the Commonwealth (1979) Tarawa English. Kiribati
Marshall Islands Republic. UN Member State (1991) Majuru English. Marshallese
Micronesia (Federated States of) Freely Associated States forming an independent nation. in free association with the US; UN Member State Palikir English. Chuukese. Kosraean. Woleaian
Nauru         Republic. UN Member State (1999). Member of the Commonwealth (1968) Yaren English. Nauruan
New Caledonia Overseas Collectivity of France (territory) Noumea French
Niue         Self-governing State in free association with New Zealand  Alofi English. Niuean
Northern Mariana Islands US Unincorporated Territory in free association with the United States Saipan English. Chamorro. Carolinian
Palau         Republic. UN Member State (1994) Melekeok English. Palauan. Sonsorolese. Tobian. Japanese
Papua New Guinea Independent State. UN Member State (1975). Member of the Commonwealth (1975) Port Moresby English. Tok .Pisin. Hiri. Motu
Pitcairn         British Overseas Territory Adamstown English. Pitcairnese
Samoa      Independent State. UN Member State (1976). Member of the Commonwealth (1970) Apia English. Samoan
Solomon Islands Sovereign Democratic State. UN Member State (1978). Member of the Commonwealth (1978) Honiara English
Tokelau  New Zealand Territory  No official capital: some use Nukunonu. the largest of its three atolls English. Tokelauan
Tonga National Constitutional Monarchy. UN Member State (1999). Member of the Commonwealth (1970) Nuku'alofa  English. Tongan
Tuvalu  Independent State. UN Member State (2000). Member of the Commonwealth (1978) Funafuti English. Tuvaluan
Vanuatu  Republic. UN Member State (1981). Member of the Commonwealth (1980). Member of Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie Port Vila Bislama. English. French
Wallis and Futuna French Overseas Collectivity (territory) Mata Utu  French. Wallisian. Futunan

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