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New Caledonia (overseas territory of France) People

    Population: 197,361 (July 1999 est.)

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 29% (male 29,610; female 28,485)
    15-64 years: 65% (male 64,552; female 63,229)
    65 years and over: 6% (male 5,443; female 6,042) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 1.59% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 20.68 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 4.82 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Net migration rate: 0.08 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.9 male(s)/female
    total population: 1.02 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 12.15 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 75.35 years
    male: 72.1 years
    female: 78.77 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 2.43 children born/woman (1999 est.)

    Nationality:
    noun: New Caledonian(s)
    adjective: New Caledonian

    Ethnic groups: Melanesian 42.5%, European 37.1%, Wallisian 8.4%, Polynesian 3.8%, Indonesian 3.6%, Vietnamese 1.6%, other 3%

    Religions: Roman Catholic 60%, Protestant 30%, other 10%

    Languages: French, 28 Melanesian-Polynesian dialects

    Literacy:
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 91%
    male: 92%
    female: 90% (1976 est.)

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