In the Melanesian archipelago in the W Pacific Ocean. Area: ca. 10,640 sq. mi. Formerly under Brit.; indep. 1978. Ethnic groups: various Melanesians; some Polynesians. Official language: English; others: Pidgin, local languages. Religions: Angl. 34%, Evangelical 24%, RC 19%, traditional religions.
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