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New Zealand Country Profile
Note: All figures are 2003 unless stated otherwise


Area 268,680 sq km
Capital Wellington
Currency New Zealand dollar
Population (2002) 4,024,000
Population Growth Rate 1.09%
Birth Rate 14.14 births/1,000 population
Death Rate 7.54 deaths/1,000 population
Infant Mortality Rate 6.07 deaths/1,000 live births
Life Expectancy at Birth 78.32 years
Ethnic Groups New Zealand European 74.5%, Maori 9.7%, other European 4.6%, Pacific Islander 3.8%, Asian and others 7.4%
Religions Anglican 24%, Presbyterian 18%, Roman Catholic 15%, Methodist 5%, Baptist 2%, other Protestant 3%, unspecified or none 33%
Languages English (official), Maori (official)
Literacy 99%
GNI per capita* (2002) $13,710
Population Below Poverty Line none
Industries food processing, wood and paper products, textiles, machinery, transportation equipment, banking and insurance, tourism, mining
Debt - external (2002) $33 billion
*GNI PPP per capita is the gross national income in purchasing power parity (PPP). GNI PPP refers to gross national income converted to “international” dollars. International dollars indicate the amount of goods and services that could be bought in the United States.