Papua New Guinea Overview
Papua New Guinea is an independent nation in the Pacific Ocean, north of Australia. It consists of part of the island of New Guinea plus a chain of tropical islands that extend more than 1,000 miles.
The eastern half of New Guinea makes up most of Papua New Guinea’s area. The country also includes the islands of the Bismarck Archipelago, Bougainville and Buka in the Solomon Islands chain, the D’Entrecasteaux Islands, the Louisiade Archipelago, the Trobriand Islands, and Woodlark Island.
The capital city Port Moresby, is renowned for its natural harbour (but also, unfortunately, for its crime rate). When you’ve taken in its sights, you have the choice of beautiful beaches and coastal villages, exotic markets, spectacular diving amongst wreck-filled waters, and hiking among jungles, national parks and extinct volcanoes.
Papua New Guinea has a hot, humid climate. The temperature averages from 75 to 82 °F (24 to 28 °C) in the lowlands and about 68 °F (20 °C) in the highlands. An average of about 80 inches of rain falls annually.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
CAPITAL: Port Moresby
POPULATION: 5.9 million
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 240V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a three pin plug is required.
COUNTRY CODE: PG
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +675
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +10
Law and order remains poor or very poor in many parts of the country, armed carjackings, assaults, robbery, shootings and serious sexual offences, including rape, are common. We advise you to be extra vigilant whilst travelling in all cities, particularly during the hours of darkness.
Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk