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Map of Papua New Guinea

Map of Papua New Guinea.

The capital of Papua New Guinea is Port Moresby.

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Papua New Guinea Flag

Flag of Papua New Guinea

The flag of Papua New Guinea is divided diagonally from the upper hoist-side corner. The upper triangle is red with a soaring yellow bird of paradise centered; the lower triangle is black with five, white, five-pointed stars of the Southern Cross constellation centered.

Papua New Guinea - Background Information

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.


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.

Administrative Divisions

20 provinces:

Bougainville; Central; Chimbu; Eastern Highlands; East New Britain; East Sepik; Enga; Gulf; Madang; Manus; Milne Bay; Morobe; National Capital; New Ireland; Northern; Sandaun; Southern Highlands; Western; Western Highlands; West New Britain.


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

National Holiday

Independence Day: 16th September.

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