Papua New Guinean Culture

Greetings

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  • The general customary greeting is to shake hands and to ask “yuorait” – “How are you?”
  • People commonly clasp hands with one another to greet or grasp each other around the hips.
  • A nod of acknowledgement may also suffice.
  • Occasionally, people will greet each other by shaking the other’s hand, then holding it against their chest. This is a sign of friendship and respect.
  • In chiefly societies, commoners are expected to bow before the chiefs.
  • When addressing someone of importance, it is most appropriate to use their title along with their full name. However, usually the informal use of someone’s first name is appropriate.
Papua New Guinea
  • Population
    7,275,324
    2011 est.
  • Languages
    English (official)
    Tok Pisin (official)
    Hiri Motu (official)
  • Religions
    Christianity (95.6%)
    Not Christianity (1.4%)
    Not Stated (3.1%)
  • Ethnicities
    Melanesian
    Papuan
    Negrito
    Micronesian
    Polynesian
  • Australians with Papua New Guinean Ancestry
    15,460
Papua New Guineans in Australia
  • Population
    26,787
  • Average Age
    41
  • Gender
    Male (44.8%)
    Female (55.2%)
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (32.1%)
    Anglican Christianity (12.3%)
    Uniting Church Christianity (10.8%)
    No Religion (16.4%)
    Other (28.3%)
  • Ancestry
    Papua New Guinean (23.3%)
    Australian (19.4%)
    English (17.9%)
    Chinese (7.9%)
    Other (31.5%)
  • Languages
    English (76.4%)
    Tok Pisin (6.9%)
    Cantonese (5.1%)
    Pidgin [nfd] (4.0%)
    Other (7.7%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (92.7%)
    Not Well (3.7%)
  • Diaspora
    Queensland (54.1%)
    New South Wales (20.3%)
    Victoria (9.5%)
    Western Australia (6.6%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (74.1%)
    2001-2006 (7.9%)
    2007-2011 (12.0%)
Where do we get our statistics?
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