Papua New Guinea Country Information

Papua New Guinea

About Papua New Guinea

Geography

Papua New Guinea covers an area of 462,000km square with over 20,000km of coastline. It has a land border with Indonesia. The countries geography is diverse and rugged.
The capital of Madagascar is Port Moresby.

Politics & Security

As a member of the Commonwealth, the head of state is actually Queen Elizabeth II. It is a democracy and its actual executive power lies with a prime minister.
Regarding safety Papua New Guinea is troubled by a high level of serious crime, particularly in the urban centres of Port Moresby, Lae and Mt Hagen. Travellers should use common sense to avoid any trouble.

Economy & Tourism

Agriculture provides a livelihood for 85% of the population. Mineral deposits, including oil, copper, and gold, account for 72% of export earnings. The country also has a notable coffee industry and other crops include cocoa, oil palm and tea.

Language

Papua New Guinea has over 800 indigenous languages and Enga is the most widely spoken. English is the official language of government and education, although not generally spoken.

Religion

Approx 96% of the population are Christian.

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