New Guinea

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New Guinea and its place in the world
New Guinea

New Guinea is a big island north of Australia. It is the second largest island in the world.

On the east side of New Guinea is the country Papua New Guinea. On the west side of the island are the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Irian Jaya.

About 6.9 million people live on the island.

New Guinea is also very important for its nature and biology, because there are many different animals.

1895 gold coin issued by the German New Guinea Company: illustration is of a bird-of-paradise