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Port Moresby Travel Guide, Papua New Guinea

Port Moresby Travel Guide – The Island of Papua New Guinea

This Port Moresby travel guide will give you information about Papua New Guinea and its capital city, while making specific points concerning the administration and geography of the region. Papua New Guinea is located in Oceania and is still a part of the Commonwealth realms, as the country chose to remain under the administration of Queen Elizabeth II in order to stay protected and have more privileges. Most of the residents of the island live from agriculture and exports of oil, gold and minerals cover over 70% of the country’s budget. Culturally Papua New Guinea is one of the most diverse countries in the world, having more than 185 indigenous tribes on its territory. English is the official language but there are over 820 languages spoken by the natives, meaning 12% of the world’s total.

Port Moresby Travel Guide – Geography and Climate

Port Moresby is the capital city of Papua New Guinea and it has an estimated population of 255.000, making it the largest city of the country. It is located on the southeastern coast of the country in the Gulf of Papua, which has swampy as well as sandy shores and has been the main region from where people started to settle in the capital. There is one proper urban agglomeration known as Port Moresby, but there also are smaller neighborhoods and areas that belong to the city like Koki, where you will find the biggest fresh food market and Boroko, the largest shopping area. The climate is hot all year round, with the lowest temperature ever recorded being 18 degrees.

Port Moresby Travel Guide – Living Standards

The living standards in Port Moresby are actually very low, as the city was rated “least livable” in the world by The Economist. As every Port Moresby travel guide will tell you, transportation is also very poor, as due to the high density of steep mountains there are virtually no roads to connect the cities between them. Therefore in order to get to nearby Popondetta or Ihu the most likely way is by internal flights, but there is also a minibus company known that transports people by public motor vehicles. Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby provides several international flights, while Air Niugini and Airlines PNG handle internal routes.

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