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Papua New Guinea
(785 words)

With a population in 2003 estimated at over 5 million people, Papua New Guinea is by far the largest of the Pacific Island states. Since it gained its independence from Australia in 1975, the country’s immense mineral wealth has led to both economic expansion and political upheavals, especially the attempted secession (1988–97) of the island of Bougainville.

1. Christian Missions and Churches

In the second half of the 19th century, Christian missionaries were among the first …

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May, John D’Arcy, “Papua New Guinea”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 27 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.19>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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