Looking to boost your knowledge of the world? Why not start off with these 20 interesting facts about Papua New Guinea!
Papua New Guinea is a biologically diverse country in the southwestern Pacific.
It is only bordered by Indonesia to the West. It also has a coastline along the Bismarck Sea to the north, Solomon Sea to the east and Coral Sea to the south.
Papua New Guinea only gained independence from Australia in 1975.
Flag of Papua New Guinea
For a trek through the dense forests or a dip in the beautifully blue sea, head to Papua New Guinea for a trip like no other. Should you need them, the coordinates are 9.5000° S, 147.1167°
The international dialling code for PNG is +675
The terrain here is mostly mountainous with lovely coastal lowlands and rolling foothills.
The total land area of Papua New Guinea is 178,703 square miles (462,840 square kilometres).
Papua New Guinea’s population was 8.606 million in 2018.
The capital is Port Moresby which covers an area of 92.7 square miles (240 square kilometres) and has a population of 364,125 (2011).
The average life span here is 64.01 years (2017).
Papua New Guinea is home to the Hooded Pitohui, the world’s only poisonous bird!
There are very few paved roads in Papua New Guinea; instead air travel is more popular due to the dense jungle and so there are nearly 600 runways, both paved and unpaved.
A tropical climate can be enjoyed in this beautiful country with little temperature variation. There is a monsoon season in the northwest from December to March and in the southeast from May to October.
Papua New Guinea is one of the few places in the world where snow falls despite being near the equator!
There are more than 700 individual languages spoken in Papua New Guinea, however, the official languages are English, Tok Pisin and Hiri Motu.
Papua New Guinean Kina is the official currency here.