Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionEast Sepik Province
Native speakers
2,200 (2000 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3bmc
Schouten Islands in Papua New Guinea

Biem, or Bam, is an Oceanic language of northeast New Guinea, spoken on Bam, Blup Blup, Kadovar, and Vial (also known as Wei) islands (eastern four of the Schouten Islands) off the coast of Wewak.[2]


  1. ^ Biem at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Eberhard, David M.; Simons, Gary F.; Fennig, Charles D., eds. (2019). "Papua New Guinea languages". Ethnologue: Languages of the World (22nd ed.). Dallas: SIL International.