20 Pukka Facts About Papua New Guinea

    1. Papua New Guinea is a biologically diverse country in the southwestern Pacific.
    2. It is only bordered by Indonesia to the West. It also has a coastline along the Bismarck Sea to the north, Solomon Sea to the east and Coral Sea to the south.
    3. Papua New Guinea only gained independence from Australia in 1975.
    4. For a trek through the dense forests or a dip in the beautifully blue sea, head to Papua New Guinea for a trip like no other. Should you need them, the coordinates are 9.5000° S, 147.1167°
    5. The terrain here is mostly mountainous with lovely coastal lowlands and rolling foothills.
    6. The total land area of Papua New Guinea is 178,703 square miles (462,840 square kilometres).
    7. Papua New Guinea’s population was 7.3 million in 2013.
    8. The capital is Port Moresby which covers an area of 92.7 square miles (240 square kilometres) and has a population of 364,125 (2011).
    9. The average life span here is 57 years.

  1. Papua New Guinea is home to the Hooded Pitohui, the world’s only poisonous bird!
  2. There are very few paved roads in Papua New Guinea; instead air travel is more popular due to the dense jungle and so there are nearly 600 runways, both paved and unpaved.
  3. A tropical climate can be enjoyed in this beautiful country with little temperature variation. There is a monsoon season in the northwest from December to March and in the southeast from May to October.
  4. Papua New Guinea is one of the few places in the world where snow falls despite being near the equator!
  5. There are more than 700 individual languages spoken in Papua New Guinea, however, the official languages are English, Tok Pisin and Hiri Motu.
  6. Papua New Guinean Kina is the official currency here.
  7. Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of State in Papua New Guinea.
  8. Papua New Guinea grows coffee, coconuts, cacao and palm kernels and rears chickens.
  9. Its industry consists of palm oil processing, copra crushing, plywood production and wood chip production.
  10. Papua New Guinea also exports gold, oil, logs and copper ore.
  11. The international dialling code for Papua New Guinea is 00675.  Find out how to make cheap calls to Papua New Guinea, here.

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