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Papua New Guinea

The eastern half of the island of New Guinea - second largest in the world - was divided between Germany (north) and the UK (south) in 1885. The latter area was transferred to Australia in 1902, which occupied the northern portion during World War I and continued to administer the combined areas until independence in 1975. A nine-year secessionist revolt on the island of Bougainville ended in 1997 after claiming some 20,000 lives.

Languages & Population

Approximate Population: 5,795,887 (July 2007 est.)

Nationality (Noun): Papua New Guinean(s)

Nationality (Adjective): Papua New Guinean

Official Language(s): English

Major Languages Spoken: English

Map of Papua New Guinea

Country Facts

Country Name (long form): Independent State of Papua New Guinea

Country Name (short form): Papua New Guinea

Country Name (local long form): none

Country Name (local short form): Papuaniugini

Name of Capital: Port Moresby

UTC Time Difference (from capital): UTC+10 (15 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Countries Near by, and Bordering Papua New Guinea: Micronesia, Solomon Islands, Australia, Indonesia

Land Area: 452860 sq km

Water Area: 9980 sq km

Comparative Area: slightly larger than California

Total Land Boundry: 820 km

Coastline: 5,152 km

National Holiday: Independence Day, 16 September (1975)

International Phone Code: 675

Currency Code: kina (PGK)

Internet Country Code: .pg

US Embassy Location: Douglas Street, Port Moresby, N.C.D.

US Embassy Mailing Address: 4240 Port Moresby PI, US Department of State, Washington DC 20521-4240


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