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Papua New Guinea

Background

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.

About

Papua New Guinea is an island nation in Oceania

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Papua New GuineaAirways Hotel 

Jacksons Parade
Jackson Intl Airport
Port Moresby 121
Papua New Guinea

Price (US$): $358 - $430 / night

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Location. Located in Port Moresby, Airways Hotel is near the airport and close to Lloyd Robson Oval, Parliament House, and Hubert Murray Stadium. Additional points of interest include Port Moresby Golf Club. Hotel Features. Airways Hotel features a coffee shop/cafĂ©, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves hot and cold buffet breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, an… more »

Papua New GuineaKalibobo Village 

S238 Coastwatchers Ave
Madang
Papua New Guinea

Price (US$): $291 - $398 / night

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Location. Located in Madang, Kalibobo Village is by the sea. Hotel Features. Recreational amenities include a fitness facility. This 3.5 star property has a business center. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Additional property amenities include tour/ticket assistance, a garden, and a hair salon. Guestrooms. All guestrooms at Kalibobo Village feature air conditioning. Refrigerators and coffee/tea makers are offered. The… more »

Papua New GuineaCrowne Plaza Port Moresby 

Corner Hunter & Douglas Street
Po Box 1661
Port Moresby 121
Papua New Guinea

Price (US$): $342 - $530 / night

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Location. Crowne Plaza Port Moresby is a business friendly hotel located in Port Moresby's midtown area and local attractions include Lloyd Robson Oval, Hubert Murray Stadium, and Parliament House. Other area points of interest include Port Moresby Golf Club and University of Papua New Guinea. Hotel Features. Crowne Plaza Port Moresby features a restaurant. Room service is available. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. This 4 star property has a business… more »

Papua New GuineaHoliday Inn Port Moresby 

Waigani Dr & Wards Rd Boroko
Port Moresby 121
Papua New Guinea

Price (US$): $343 - $425 / night

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Location. Holiday Inn Port Moresby is located in Port Moresby, close to Hubert Murray Stadium, Parliament House, and Port Moresby Golf Club. Nearby points of interest also include Lloyd Robson Oval and University of Papua New Guinea. Hotel Features. Holiday Inn Port Moresby features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. This 3.5 star property has a business center and offers secretarial… more »

Papua New GuineaMadang Resort Hotel 

Coastwatchers Ave
Madang
Papua New Guinea

Price (US$): $201 - $410 / night

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Location. Located in Madang, Madang Resort Hotel is on an island. Hotel Features. Recreational amenities include a fitness facility. This 3.5 star property has a business center and offers secretarial services. This Madang property has event space consisting of a conference center, banquet facilities, and conference/meeting rooms. Concierge services and tour/ticket assistance are available. Additional property amenities include a garden. Guestrooms. Air conditioned guestrooms at Madang… more »

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Papua New Guinea

Full name
Independent State of Papua New Guinea
Capital
Port Moresby
Location

Oceania, group of islands including the eastern half of the island of New Guinea between the Coral Sea and the South Pacific Ocean, east of Indonesia

Geographic coordinates

6 00 S, 147 00 E

Area comparative

slightly larger than California

Border countries

Indonesia 820 km

Coastline

5,152 km

Climate

tropical; northwest monsoon (December to March), southeast monsoon (May to October); slight seasonal temperature variation

Terrain

mostly mountains with coastal lowlands and rolling foothills

Lowest point

Pacific Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Mount Wilhelm 4,509 m

Natural resources

gold, copper, silver, natural gas, timber, oil, fisheries

Population

6,064,515 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Melanesian, Papuan, Negrito, Micronesian, Polynesian

Religions

Roman Catholic 27%, Evangelical Lutheran 19.5%, United Church 11.5%, Seventh-Day Adventist 10%, Pentecostal 8.6%, Evangelical Alliance 5.2%, Anglican 3.2%, Baptist 2.5%, other Protestant 8.9%, Bahai 0.3%, indigenous beliefs and other 3.3% (2000 census)

Languages

Tok Pisin, English, and Hiri Motu are official languages; some 860 indigenous languages spoken (over one-tenth of the world's total)

Government type

constitutional parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm

Independence

16 September 1975 (from the Australian-administered UN trusteeship)

National holiday

Independence Day, 16 September (1975)

Chief of state

Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by acting governor general Michael OGIO (since 20 December 2010)

Head of government

Acting Prime Minister Sam ABAL (since 14 December 2010)

Internet country code

.pg

Internet users

125,000 (2009)

Airports

562 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Kimbe, Lae, Madang, Rabaul, Wewak

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