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Waropen language

Native toIndonesia
RegionWest Papua
Native speakers
(6,000 cited 1987)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3wrp

Waropen is an Austronesian language spoken at the Geelvink Bay of Indonesian Papua. It is fairly closely related to the Yapen languages (Austronesian). Dialects are Waropen Kai, Napan, and Ambumi.


In Papua province, it is spoken in Mamberamo Raya Regency and Waropen Regency. The Ambumi dialect is spoken in the south Waropen Bay area. Waropen is also spoken southwest to the Rombak River mouth.


  1. ^ Waropen at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Waropen". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.