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Coordinates: 6°S 147°E / 6°S 147°E / -6; 147

Independent State of Papua New Guinea

Independen Stet bilong Papua Niugini Papua Niu Gini

Flag

National emblem

Motto: "Unity in diversity"[1]

Anthem: O Arise, All You Sons [2]

Location of  Papua New Guinea  (green)

Capital and largest city Port Moresby 9°30′S 147°07′E / 9.500°S 147.117°E / -9.500; 147.117

Official languages[3][4]

Hiri Motu Tok Pisin PNG Sign Language English

Demonym Papua New Guinean

Government Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy

• Monarch

Elizabeth II

• Governor-General

Bob Dadae

• Prime Minister

Peter O'Neill

Legislature National Parliament

Independence from Australia

• Papua and New Guinea
New Guinea
Act 1949

1 July 1949

• Declared and recognised

16 September 1975

Area

• Total

462,840 km2 (178,700 sq mi) (54th)

• Water (%)

2

Population

• 2016 census preliminary estimate

8,084,999 [5] (101st)

• 2000 census

5,190,783

• Density

15/km2 (38.8/sq mi) (201st)

GDP (PPP) 2017 estimate

• Total

$29.481 billion[6] (139th)

• Per capita

$3,635[6]

GDP (nominal) 2017 estimate

• Total

$21.189 billion[6] (115th)

• Per capita

$2,613[6]

Gini (1996) 50.9[7] high

HDI (2015)  0.516[8] low · 154th

Currency Papua New Guinean kina
Papua New Guinean kina
(PGK)

Time zone AEST (UTC+10, +11)

Drives on the left

Calling code +675

ISO 3166 code PG

Internet TLD .pg

Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
(PNG; /ˈpæpuə njuː ˈɡɪniː, ˈpɑː-, -pju-/, US: /ˈpæpjuə, pɑːˈpuːə/;[9] Tok Pisin: Papua Niugini; Hiri Motu: Papua Niu Gini), officially the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, is an Oceanian country that occupies the eastern half of the island of New Guinea
New Guinea
and its offshore islands in Melanesia, a region of the southwestern Pacific Ocean
Pacific Ocean
north of Australia. Its capital, located along its southeastern coast, is Port Moresby. The western half of New Guinea
New Guinea
forms the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua. At the national level, after being ruled by three external powers since 1884, Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
established its sovereignty in 1975. This followed nearly 60 years of Australian administration, which started during World War I. It became an independent Commonwealth realm
Commonwealth realm
in 1975 with Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
as its head of state and became a member of the Commonwealth of Nations
Commonwealth of Nations
in its own right. Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. It is also one of the most rural, as only 18 percent of its people live in urban centres.[10] There are 852 known languages in the country, of which 12 now have no known living speakers.[11] Most of the population of more than 7 million people live in customary communities, which are as diverse as the languages.[12] The country is one of the world's least explored, culturally and geographically. It is known to have numerous groups of uncontacted peoples, and researchers believe there are many undiscovered species of plants and animals in the interior.[13] Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
is classified as a developing economy by the International Monetary Fund.[14] Strong growth in Papua New Guinea's mining and resource sector led to the country becoming the sixth fastest-growing economy in the world in 2011.[15] Growth was expected to slow once major resource projects came on line in 2015.[16] Mining remains a major economic factor, however. Local and national governments are discussing the potential of resuming mining operations in Panguna mine in Bougainville Province, which has been closed since the civil war in the 1980s–1990s.[17] Nearly 40 percent of the population lives a self-sustainable natural lifestyle with no access to global capital.[18] Most of the people still live in strong traditional social groups based on farming. Their social lives combine traditional religion with modern practices, including primary education.[12] These societies and clans are explicitly acknowledged by the Papua New Guinea Constitution, which expresses the wish for "traditional villages and communities to remain as viable units of Papua New Guinean society"[19] and protects their continuing importance to local and national community life.

Contents

1 History 2 Government and politics

2.1 Law 2.2 Foreign policy 2.3 Military 2.4 Human rights 2.5 Administrative divisions

3 Geography

3.1 Borders 3.2 Ecology 3.3 Environmental issues

4 Economy

4.1 Land tenure

5 Demographics

5.1 Urbanisation 5.2 Languages 5.3 Health 5.4 Religion

6 Culture

6.1 Sport

7 Education 8 Science and technology 9 Transport 10 See also 11 Sources 12 References

12.1 Further reading 12.2 Primary sources

13 External links

History[edit] Main article: History of Papua New Guinea

Kerepunu women at the marketplace of Kalo, British New Guinea, 1885

Slaked lime holder, late 19th or early 20th century. The holder is decorated with wood carving of crocodile and bird. Details are emphasised with a white paint. The central portion, hollow to hold the slaked lime, is made of bamboo. The joints are covered with basketry work. The device is used in conjunction with chewing betel nut.

Archaeological evidence indicates that humans first arrived in Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
around 42,000 to 45,000 years ago. They were descendants of migrants out of Africa, in one of the early waves of human migration.[20] Agriculture was independently developed in the New Guinea
New Guinea
highlands around 7000 BC, making it one of the few areas in the world where people independently domesticated plants.[21] A major migration of Austronesian-speaking peoples to coastal regions of New Guinea
New Guinea
took place around 500 BC. This has been correlated with the introduction of pottery, pigs, and certain fishing techniques. In the 18th century, traders brought the sweet potato to New Guinea, where it was adopted and became part of the staples. Portuguese traders had obtained it from South America and introduced it to the Moluccas.[22] The far higher crop yields from sweet potato gardens radically transformed traditional agriculture and societies. Sweet potato largely supplanted the previous staple, taro, and resulted in a significant increase in population in the highlands. Although by the late 20th century headhunting and cannibalism had been practically eradicated, in the past they were practised in many parts of the country as part of rituals related to warfare and taking in enemy spirits or powers.[23][24] In 1901, on Goaribari Island
Goaribari Island
in the Gulf of Papua, missionary Harry Dauncey found 10,000 skulls in the island's Long Houses, a demonstration of past practices.[25] According to Marianna Torgovnick, writing in 1991, "The most fully documented instances of cannibalism as a social institution come from New Guinea, where head-hunting and ritual cannibalism survived, in certain isolated areas, into the Fifties, Sixties, and Seventies, and still leave traces within certain social groups."[26] Little was known in Europe about the island until the 19th century, although Portuguese and Spanish explorers, such as Dom Jorge de Meneses and Yñigo Ortiz de Retez, had encountered it as early as the 16th century. Traders from Southeast Asia had visited New Guinea beginning 5,000 years ago to collect bird of paradise plumes.[27] The country's dual name results from its complex administrative history before independence. The word papua is derived from an old local term of uncertain origin.[28] "New Guinea" (Nueva Guinea) was the name coined by the Spanish explorer Yñigo Ortiz de Retez. In 1545, he noted the resemblance of the people to those he had earlier seen along the Guinea coast of Africa. Guinea, in its turn, is etymologically derived from Portuguese word Guiné. The name is one of several toponyms sharing similar etymologies, ultimately meaning "land of the blacks" or similar meanings, in reference to the dark skin of the inhabitants.

New Guinea
New Guinea
from 1884 to 1919. Germany and Britain controlled the eastern half of New Guinea.

In the nineteenth century, Germany ruled the northern half of the country for some decades, beginning in 1884, as a colony named German New Guinea. In 1914 after the outbreak of the World War I, Australian forces landed and captured German New Guinea
New Guinea
in a small military campaign. Australia
Australia
maintained occupation of the territory with its forces through the war. After the war, in which Germany and the Central Powers were defeated, the League of Nations
League of Nations
authorised Australia
Australia
to administer this area as a Mandate territory. The southern half of the country had been colonised in 1884 by the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
as British New Guinea. With the Papua Act 1905, the UK transferred this territory to the newly formed Commonwealth of Australia, which took on its administration. Additionally, from 1905, British New Guinea
New Guinea
was renamed as the Territory of Papua. In contrast to establishing an Australian mandate in former German New Guinea, the League of Nations
League of Nations
determined that Papua was an External Territory of the Australian Commonwealth; as a matter of law it remained a British possession. The difference in legal status meant that until 1949, Papua and New Guinea
New Guinea
had entirely separate administrations, both controlled by Australia. These conditions contributed to the complexity of organising the country's post-independence legal system.

Australian forces attack Japanese positions during the Battle of Buna–Gona, 7 January 1943.

During World War II, the New Guinea
New Guinea
campaign (1942–1945) was one of the major military campaigns and conflicts between Japan
Japan
and the Allies. Approximately 216,000 Japanese, Australian, and US servicemen died.[29] After World War II
World War II
and the victory of the Allies, the two territories were combined into the Territory of Papua
Territory of Papua
and New Guinea. This was later referred to as "Papua New Guinea".

Australian patrol officer in 1964

The natives of Papua appealed to the United Nations
United Nations
for oversight and independence. The nation established independence from Australia
Australia
on 16 September 1975, becoming a Commonwealth realm, continuing to share Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
as its head of state. It maintains close ties with Australia, which continues to be its largest aid donor. Papua New Guinea was admitted to membership in the United Nations
United Nations
on 10 October 1975.[30] A secessionist revolt in 1975–76 on Bougainville Island
Bougainville Island
resulted in an eleventh-hour modification of the draft Constitution of Papua New Guinea to allow for Bougainville and the other eighteen districts to have quasi-federal status as provinces. A renewed uprising on Bougainville Island
Bougainville Island
started in 1988 and claimed 20,000 lives until it was resolved in 1997. Bougainville had been the chief mining region of the country, generating 40% of the national budget. The native peoples felt they were bearing the adverse environmental effects of the mining, which poisoned the land, water and air, without gaining a fair share of the profits.[31] The government and rebels negotiated a peace agreement that established the Bougainville Autonomous District and Province. The autonomous Bougainville elected Joseph Kabui as president in 2005, who served until his death in 2008. He was succeeded by his deputy John Tabinaman as acting president while an election to fill the unexpired term was organised. James Tanis won that election in December 2008 and served until the inauguration of John Momis, the winner of the 2010 elections. As part of the current peace settlement, a referendum on independence is planned to be held in Bougainville sometime before mid-2020. Preparations were underway in 2015.[32][33] Numerous Chinese have worked and lived in Papua New Guinea, establishing Chinese-majority communities. Chinese merchants became established in the islands before European exploration. Anti-Chinese rioting involving tens of thousands of people broke out in May 2009. The initial spark was a fight between ethnic Chinese and Papua New Guinean workers at a nickel factory under construction by a Chinese company. Native resentment against Chinese ownership of numerous small businesses and their commercial monopoly in the islands led to the rioting. The Chinese have long been merchants in Papua New Guinea.[34][35] Government and politics[edit] Main article: Politics of Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
is a Commonwealth realm. Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
is its sovereign and head of state. The constitutional convention, which prepared the draft constitution, and Australia, the outgoing metropolitan power, had thought that Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
would not remain a monarchy. The founders, however, considered that imperial honours had a cachet.[36] The monarch is represented by the Governor-General of Papua New Guinea, currently Bob Dadae. Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
(and the Solomon Islands) are unusual among Commonwealth realms in that governors-general are elected by the legislature, rather than chosen by the executive branch. The Prime Minister heads the cabinet, which consists of 31 MPs from the ruling coalition, which make up the government. The current prime minister is Peter O'Neill. The unicameral National Parliament has 111 seats, of which 22 are occupied by the governors of the 22 provinces and the National Capital District (NCD). Candidates for members of parliament are voted upon when the prime minister asks the governor-general to call a national election, a maximum of five years after the previous national election. In the early years of independence, the instability of the party system led to frequent votes of no confidence in parliament, with resulting changes of the government, but with referral to the electorate, through national elections only occurring every five years. In recent years, successive governments have passed legislation preventing such votes sooner than 18 months after a national election and within 12-month of the next election. In December 2012, the first two (of three) readings were passed to prevent votes of no confidence occurring within the first 30 months. This restriction on votes of no confidence has arguably resulted in greater stability, although perhaps at a cost of reducing the accountability of the executive branch of government. Elections in PNG attract numerous candidates. After independence in 1975, members were elected by the first past the post system, with winners frequently gaining less than 15% of the vote. Electoral reforms in 2001 introduced the Limited Preferential Vote system (LPV), a version of the Alternative Vote. The 2007 general election was the first to be conducted using LPV.

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill

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In 2011 there was a constitutional crisis between the parliament-elect Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill
Peter O'Neill
(voted into office by a large majority of MPs) and Sir Michael Somare, who was deemed by the supreme court (in a December Opinion, 3:2) to retain office. The stand-off between parliament and the supreme court continued until the July 2012 national elections, with legislation passed effectively removing the chief justice and subjecting the supreme court members to greater control by the legislature, as well as a series of other laws passed, for example limiting the age for a prime minister. The confrontation reached a peak, with the Deputy Prime Minister entering the supreme court during a hearing, escorted by some police, ostensibly to arrest the Chief Justice. There was strong pressure among some MPs to defer the national elections for a further six months to one year, although their powers to do that were highly questionable. The parliament-elect prime minister and other cooler-headed MPs carried the votes for the writs for the new election to be issued, slightly late, but for the election itself to occur on time, thereby avoiding a continuation of the constitutional crisis. The crisis was tense at times, but largely restricted to the political and legal fraternity, plus some police factions. The public and public service (including most police and military) stood back. It was a period when, with increased telecommunication access and use of social media (notably Facebook and mobile phones), the public and students played some part in helping maintain restraint and demanding the leadership to adhere to constitutional processes. They insisted on having the elections so that the people could say who should be their legitimate representatives for the next five years. Under an amendment of 2002, the leader of the party winning the largest number of seats in the election is invited by the governor-general to form the government, if he can muster the necessary majority in parliament. The process of forming such a coalition in PNG, where parties do not have much ideology, involves considerable horsetrading right up until the last moment. Peter O'Neill emerged as Papua New Guinea's prime minister after the July 2012 election, and formed a government with Leo Dion, the former Governor of East New Britain
New Britain
Province, as deputy prime minister. Law[edit]

The Parliament building of Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
in Port Moresby

Main article: Law of Papua New Guinea The unicameral Parliament enacts legislation in the same manner as in other jurisdictions that have "cabinet,"[clarification needed] "responsible government," or "parliamentary democracy": it is introduced by the executive government to the legislature, debated and, if passed, becomes law when it receives royal assent by the Governor-General. Most legislation is regulation implemented by the bureaucracy under enabling legislation previously passed by Parliament. All ordinary statutes enacted by Parliament must be consistent with the Constitution. The courts have jurisdiction to rule on the constitutionality of statutes, both in disputes before them and on a reference where there is no dispute but only an abstract question of law. Unusual among developing countries, the judicial branch of government in Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
has remained remarkably independent, and successive executive governments have continued to respect its authority. The "underlying law" (Papua New Guinea's common law) consists of principles and rules of common law and equity in England[37] common law as it stood on 16 September 1975 (the date of Independence), and thereafter the decisions of PNG's own courts. The courts are directed by the Constitution and, latterly, the Underlying Law Act, to take note of the "custom" of traditional communities. They are to determine which customs are common to the whole country and may be declared also to be part of the underlying law. In practice, this has proved extremely difficult and has been largely neglected. Statutes are largely adapted from overseas jurisdictions, primarily Australia
Australia
and England. Advocacy in the courts follows the adversarial pattern of other common-law countries. This national court system, used in towns and cities, is supported by a village court system in the more remote areas. The law underpinning the village courts is 'customary law'. Foreign policy[edit]

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In foreign policy, Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, Pacific Islands Forum, and the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) of countries. It was accorded Observer status within ASEAN
ASEAN
in 1976, followed later by Special
Special
Observer status in 1981. It is also a member of APEC
APEC
and an ACP country, associated with the European Union. The country has a low-key initiative when it comes to the Indonesia-sponsored genocide in West Papua due to its application in ASEAN, where the headquarters is in Jakarta. Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
has positive ties with Australia
Australia
and countries in Oceania. It also has good ties with fellow-Christian country, the Philippines, especially in the education sector. The country's policy has been focusing on ties with Southeast Asia in recent years due to its application in ASEAN, which is supported by the Philippines
Philippines
and co-observe Timor-Leste. Military[edit] Main article: Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
Defence Force The Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
Defence Force (PNGDF) is the military organisation responsible for the defence of Papua New Guinea. Human rights[edit]

The unity shown by men, women and children on White Ribbon Day is an important reminder that violence against women impacts on society as a whole.

Main article: Human rights in Papua New Guinea See also: Sexual violence in Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
is often ranked as likely the worst place in the world for violence against women.[38][39] A 2013 study in The Lancet found that 41% of men on Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea, reported having raped a non-partner, while 14.1% reported having committed gang rape.[40] According to UNICEF, nearly half of reported rape victims are under 15 years of age and 13% are under 7 years of age.[41] A report by ChildFund Australia, citing former Parliamentarian Dame Carol Kidu, claimed 50% of those seeking medical help after rape are under 16, 25% are under 12, and 10% are under 8.[42] Homosexual acts are prohibited by law in Papua New Guinea.[43] The 1976 Sorcery Act imposed a penalty of up to 2 years in prison for the practice of "black" magic, until the Act was repealed in 2013.[44] An estimated 50–150 alleged witches are killed each year in Papua New Guinea.[45] There are also no protections given to LGBT citizens in the country. Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
is one of the very few Christian countries in present time to criminalize homosexuality. Administrative divisions[edit] Main articles: Regions of Papua New Guinea, Provinces of Papua New Guinea, and Districts and LLGs of Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
is divided into four regions, which are not the primary administrative divisions but are quite significant in many aspects of government, commercial, sporting and other activities. The nation has 22 province-level divisions: twenty provinces, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville
Autonomous Region of Bougainville
and the National Capital District. Each province is divided into one or more districts, which in turn are divided into one or more Local Level Government areas. Provinces[46] are the primary administrative divisions of the country. Provincial governments are branches of the national government – Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
is not a federation of provinces. The province-level divisions are as follows:

Central Chimbu (Simbu) Eastern Highlands East New Britain East Sepik Enga Gulf Madang Manus Milne Bay Morobe

New Ireland Northern (Oro Province) Bougainville (autonomous region) Southern Highlands Western Province (Fly) Western Highlands West New Britain West Sepik
West Sepik
(Sandaun) National Capital District (Port Moresby) Hela Jiwaka

In 2009, Parliament approved the creation of two additional provinces: Hela Province, consisting of part of the existing Southern Highlands Province, and Jiwaka Province, formed by dividing Western Highlands Province.[47] Jiwaka and Hela officially became separate provinces on 17 May 2012.[48]The declaration of Hela and Jiwaka is a result of the largest Liquified Natural Gas
Liquified Natural Gas
(LNG)[49] project in the country that is situated in both provinces. The government set 15 June 2019 as the voting date for an independence referendum in the Bougainville (autonomous region). The Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Australian Strategic Policy Institute
has said that there is a wide expectation Bougainville will vote to become independent.[50]. Geography[edit] Main article: Geography of Papua New Guinea

Map of Papua New Guinea

At 462,840 km2 (178,704 sq mi), Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
is the world's fifty-fourth largest country. Including all its islands, it lies between latitudes 0° and 12°S, and longitudes 140° and 160°E. Located north of the Australian mainland, the country's geography is diverse and, in places, extremely rugged. A spine of mountains, the New Guinea
New Guinea
Highlands, runs the length of the island of New Guinea, forming a populous highlands region mostly covered with tropical rainforest, and the long Papuan Peninsula, known as the 'Bird's Tail'. Dense rainforests can be found in the lowland and coastal areas as well as very large wetland areas surrounding the Sepik
Sepik
and Fly rivers. This terrain has made it difficult for the country to develop transportation infrastructure. Some areas are accessible only on foot or by aeroplane.[citation needed] The highest peak is Mount Wilhelm
Mount Wilhelm
at 4,509 metres (14,793 ft). Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
is surrounded by coral reefs which are under close watch, in the interests of preservation. The country is situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire, at the point of collision of several tectonic plates. There are a number of active volcanoes, and eruptions are frequent. Earthquakes are relatively common, sometimes accompanied by tsunamis. The mainland of the country is the eastern half of New Guinea
New Guinea
island, where the largest towns are also located, including Port Moresby (capital) and Lae; other major islands within Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
include New Ireland, New Britain, Manus and Bougainville. Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
is one of the few regions close to the equator that experience snowfall, which occurs in the most elevated parts of the mainland. Borders[edit] The border between Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
and Indonesia
Indonesia
was confirmed by treaty with Australia
Australia
before independence in 1974.[51] Maritime boundaries with Australia
Australia
were confirmed by a treaty in 1978.[52] Ecology[edit] See also: Conservation in Papua New Guinea

Mount Tavurvur

Papua New Guinea's highlands

Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
is part of the Australasia ecozone, which also includes Australia, New Zealand, eastern Indonesia, and several Pacific island groups, including the Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
and Vanuatu. Geologically, the island of New Guinea
New Guinea
is a northern extension of the Indo-Australian tectonic plate, forming part of a single land mass which is Australia- New Guinea
New Guinea
(also called Sahul or Meganesia). It is connected to the Australian segment by a shallow continental shelf across the Torres Strait, which in former ages had lain exposed as a land bridge, particularly during ice ages when sea levels were lower than at present. Consequently, many species of birds and mammals found on New Guinea have close genetic links with corresponding species found in Australia. One notable feature in common for the two landmasses is the existence of several species of marsupial mammals, including some kangaroos and possums, which are not found elsewhere. Papua New Guinea is a megadiverse country. Many of the other islands within PNG territory, including New Britain, New Ireland, Bougainville, the Admiralty Islands, the Trobriand Islands, and the Louisiade Archipelago, were never linked to New Guinea by land bridges. As a consequence, they have their own flora and fauna; in particular, they lack many of the land mammals and flightless birds that are common to New Guinea
New Guinea
and Australia.

A tree-kangaroo in Papua New Guinea

Australia
Australia
and New Guinea
New Guinea
are portions of the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana, which started to break into smaller continents in the Cretaceous
Cretaceous
era, 66–130 million years ago. Australia
Australia
finally broke free from Antarctica
Antarctica
about 45 million years ago. All the Australasian lands are home to the Antarctic flora, descended from the flora of southern Gondwana, including the coniferous podocarps and Araucaria pines, and the broadleafed southern beech (Nothofagus). These plant families are still present in Papua New Guinea. As the Indo-Australian Plate
Indo-Australian Plate
(which includes landmasses of India, Australia, and the Indian Ocean floor in between) drifts north, it collides with the Eurasian Plate. The collision of the two plates pushed up the Himalayas, the Indonesian islands, and New Guinea's Central Range. The Central Range is much younger and higher than the mountains of Australia, so high that it is home to rare equatorial glaciers. New Guinea
New Guinea
is part of the humid tropics, and many Indomalayan rainforest plants spread across the narrow straits from Asia, mixing together with the old Australian and Antarctic floras. PNG includes a number of terrestrial ecoregions:

Admiralty Islands
Admiralty Islands
lowland rain forests – forested islands to the north of the mainland, home to a distinct flora. Central Range montane rain forests

The green jungle of Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
bears a sharp contrast to the nearby desert of Australia.

Huon Peninsula
Huon Peninsula
montane rain forests Louisiade Archipelago
Louisiade Archipelago
rain forests New Britain-New Ireland lowland rain forests New Britain-New Ireland montane rain forests New Guinea
New Guinea
mangroves Northern New Guinea
New Guinea
lowland rain and freshwater swamp forests Northern New Guinea
New Guinea
montane rain forests Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands
rain forests (includes Bougainville Island
Bougainville Island
and Buka) Southeastern Papuan rain forests Southern New Guinea
New Guinea
freshwater swamp forests Southern New Guinea
New Guinea
lowland rain forests Trobriand Islands
Trobriand Islands
rain forests Trans Fly savanna and grasslands Central Range sub-alpine grasslands

Three new species of mammals were discovered in the forests of Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
by an Australian-led expedition. A small wallaby, a large-eared mouse and shrew-like marsupial were discovered. The expedition was also successful in capturing photographs and video footage of some other rare animals such as the Tenkile
Tenkile
tree kangaroo and the Weimang tree kangaroo.[53] Environmental issues[edit] At current rates of deforestation, more than half of Papua New Guinea's forests could be lost or seriously degraded by 2021, according to a new satellite study of the region.[54] Nearly one-quarter of Papua New Guinea's rainforests were damaged or destroyed between 1972 and 2002.[55] On February 25, 2018, an earthquake of magnitude 7.5 and depth of 35 kilometers struck the middle of Papua New Guinea. [56] The worst of the damage centered around the Southern Highlands region. As of March 1 there were 31 reported deaths, and that number was expected to rise. [57] Economy[edit] Main article: Economy of Papua New Guinea

Port Moresby's central business district

Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
is richly endowed with natural resources, including mineral and renewable resources, such as forests, marine (including a large portion of the world's major tuna stocks), and in some parts agriculture. The rugged terrain — including high mountain ranges and valleys, swamps and islands — and high cost of developing infrastructure, combined with other factors (including serious law and order problems in some centres and the system of customary land title) makes it difficult for outside developers. Local developers are handicapped by years of deficient investment in education, health, ICT and access to finance. Agriculture, for subsistence and cash crops, provides a livelihood for 85% of the population and continues to provide some 30% of GDP. Mineral deposits, including gold, oil, and copper, account for 72% of export earnings. Oil palm production has grown steadily over recent years (largely from estates and with extensive outgrower output), with palm oil now the main agricultural export. In households participating, coffee remains the major export crop (produced largely in the Highlands provinces), followed by cocoa and coconut oil/copra from the coastal areas, each largely produced by smallholders and tea, produced on estates and rubber. The Iagifu/Hedinia Field was discovered in 1986 in the Papuan fold and thrust belt.[58]:471 Former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta tried to restore integrity to state institutions, stabilise the kina, restore stability to the national budget, privatise public enterprises where appropriate, and ensure ongoing peace on Bougainville following the 1997 agreement which ended Bougainville's secessionist unrest. The Morauta government had considerable success in attracting international support, specifically gaining the backing of the IMF
IMF
and the World Bank
World Bank
in securing development assistance loans. Significant challenges face Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare, including gaining further investor confidence, continuing efforts to privatise government assets, and maintaining the support of members of Parliament. In March 2006, the United Nations Development Programme
United Nations Development Programme
Policy called for Papua New Guinea's designation of developing country to be downgraded to least-developed country because of protracted economic and social stagnation.[59] However, an evaluation by the International Monetary Fund in late 2008 found that "a combination of prudent fiscal and monetary policies, and high global prices for mineral commodity exports, have underpinned Papua New Guinea's recent buoyant economic growth and macroeconomic stability. By 2012 PNG had enjoyed a decade of positive economic growth, at over 6% since 2007, even during the Global Financial Crisis
Global Financial Crisis
years of 2008/9. PNG's Real GDP growth rate as at 2011 was 8.9%,"[60] and 9.2% for 2012, according to the Asian Development Bank.[61] This economic growth has been primarily attributed to strong commodity prices, particularly mineral but also agricultural, with the high demand for mineral products largely sustained even during the crisis by the buoyant Asian markets a booming mining sector, and particularly since 2009[citation needed] by a buoyant outlook and the construction phase for natural gas exploration, production, and exportation in liquefied form (liquefied natural gas or "LNG") by LNG
LNG
tankers (LNG carrier), all of which will require multibillion-dollar investments (exploration, production wells, pipelines, storage, liquefaction plants, port terminals, LNG
LNG
tanker ships). The first major gas project was the PNG LNG
LNG
joint venture. ExxonMobil is operator of the joint venture, also comprising Oil Search, Santos, Kumul Petroleum
Petroleum
Holdings (Papua New Guinea’s national oil and gas company), JX Nippon Oil and Gas Exploration, the PNG government's Mineral Resources Development Company and Petromin PNG Holdings.[62] The project is an integrated development that includes gas production and processing facilities in the Hela, Southern Highlands and Western Provinces of Papua New Guinea, including liquefaction and storage facilities (located northwest of Port Moresby) with capacity of 6.9 million tonnes per year. There are over 700 kilometres (430 mi) of pipelines connecting the facilities.[62] It is the largest private-sector investment in the history of PNG.[63] A second major project is based on initial rights held by the French oil and gas major Total S.A.
Total S.A.
and the US company InterOil
InterOil
Corp. (IOC), which have partly combined their assets after Total agreed in December 2013 to purchase 61.3% of IOC's Antelope and Elk gas fields rights, with the plan to develop them starting in 2016, including the construction of a liquefaction plant to allow export of LNG. Total S.A. has separately another joint operating agreement with the PNG company Oil Search. Further gas and mineral projects are proposed (including the large Wafi-Golpu copper-gold mine), with extensive exploration ongoing across the country.[64] Economic 'development' based on the extractive industries carries difficult consequences for local communities. There has been much contention[clarification needed] around river tailings in the vast Fly River,[citation needed] submarine tailings from the new Ramu-Nickel-cobalt mine, commencing exports in late 2012 (after a delay from landowner-led court challenges),[citation needed] and from proposed submarine mining in the Bismarck Sea (by Nautilus Minerals).[citation needed] One major project conducted through the PNG Department for Community Development suggested that other pathways to sustainable development should be considered.[65] The PNG government's long-term Vision 2050 and shorter-term policy documents, including the 2013 Budget and the 2014 Responsible Sustainable Development Strategy, emphasise the need for a more diverse economy, based upon sustainable industries and avoiding the effects of Dutch Disease from major resource extraction projects undermining other industries, as has occurred in many countries experiencing oil or other mineral booms, notably in Western Africa, undermining much of their agriculture sector, manufacturing and tourism, and with them broad-based employment prospects. Measures have been taken to mitigate these effects, including through the establishment of a sovereign wealth fund, partly to stabilise revenue and expenditure flows, but much will depend upon the readiness to make real reforms to effective use of revenue, tackling rampant corruption and empowering households and businesses to access markets, services and develop a more buoyant economy, with lower costs, especially for small- to medium-size enterprises. The Institute of National Affairs, a PNG independent policy think tank, provides a report on the business and investment environment of Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
every five years, based upon a survey of large and small, local and overseas companies, highlighting law and order problems and corruption, as the worst impediments, followed by the poor state of transport, power and communications infrastructure.[66] Land tenure[edit]

The Ok Tedi Mine
Ok Tedi Mine
in southwestern Papua New Guinea

The PNG legislature has enacted laws in which a type of tenure called "customary land title" is recognised, meaning that the traditional lands of the indigenous peoples have some legal basis to inalienable tenure. This customary land notionally covers most of the usable land in the country (some 97% of total land area);[67] alienated land is either held privately under state lease or is government land. Freehold title (also known as fee simple) can only be held by Papua New Guinean citizens.[68] Only some 3% of the land of Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
is in private hands; it[clarification needed] is privately held under 99-year state lease, or it is held by the State. There is virtually no freehold title; the few existing freeholds are automatically converted to state lease when they are transferred between vendor and purchaser. Unalienated land is owned under customary title by traditional landowners. The precise nature of the seisin varies from one culture to another. Many writers portray land as in the communal ownership of traditional clans; however, closer studies usually show that the smallest portions of land whose ownership cannot be further divided are held by the individual heads of extended families and their descendants or their descendants alone if they have recently died.[citation needed] This is a matter of vital importance because a problem of economic development is identifying the membership of customary landowning groups and the owners. Disputes between mining and forestry companies and landowner groups often devolve on the issue of whether the companies entered into contractual relations for the use of land with the true owners. Customary property — usually land — cannot be devised by will. It can only be inherited according to the custom of the deceased's people.[citation needed] The Lands Act was amended in 2010 along with the Land Group Incorporation Act, intended to improve the management of state land, mechanisms for dispute resolution over land, and to enable customary landowners to be better able to access finance and possible partnerships over portions of their land, if they seek to develop it for urban or rural economic activities. The Land Group Incorporation Act requires more specific identification of the customary landowners than hitherto and their more specific authorisation before any land arrangements are determined; (a major issue in recent years has been a land grab, using, or rather misusing, the Lease-Leaseback provision under the Land Act, notably using ' Special
Special
Agricultural and Business Leases' (SABLs) to acquire vast tracts of customary land, purportedly for agricultural projects, but in an almost all cases as a back-door mechanism for securing tropical forest resources for logging — circumventing the more exacting requirements of the Forest Act, for securing Timber Permits (which must comply with sustainability requirements and be competitively secured, and with the customary landowners approval). Following a national outcry, these SABLs have been subject to a Commission of Inquiry, established in mid-2011, for which the report is still awaited for initial presentation to the Prime Minister and Parliament. Demographics[edit] Main article: Demographics of Papua New Guinea

Huli wigman from the Southern Highlands

Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
is one of the most heterogeneous nations in the world.[69] There are hundreds of ethnic groups indigenous to Papua New Guinea, the majority being from the group known as Papuans, whose ancestors arrived in the New Guinea
New Guinea
region tens of thousands of years ago. The other indigenous peoples are Austronesians, their ancestors having arrived in the region less than four thousand years ago. There are also numerous people from other parts of the world now resident, including Chinese,[70] Europeans, Australians, Indonesians, Filipinos, Polynesians, and Micronesians (the last four belonging to the Austronesian family). Around 40,000 expatriates, mostly from Australia
Australia
and China, were living in Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
in 1975.[71] Urbanisation[edit]

 

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Largest cities and towns in Papua New Guinea www.geonames.org/PG/largest-cities-in-papua-new-guinea.html

Rank Name Province Pop.

Port Moresby

Lae 1 Port Moresby National capital district 283,733

2 Lae Morobe 76,255

3 Arawa Bougainville 40,266

4 Mount Hagen Western Highlands 33,623

5 Popondetta Northern Province 28,198

6 Madang Madang 27,419

7 Kokopo East New Britain 26,273

8 Mendi Southern Highlands 26,252

9 Kimbe West New Britain 18,847

10 Goroka Eastern Highlands 18,503

Languages[edit] Main article: Languages of Papua New Guinea

The language families in Ross's conception of the Trans-New Guinea language family

Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
has more languages than any other country,[72] with over 820 indigenous languages, representing 12% of the world's total, but most have fewer than 1,000 speakers. The most widely spoken indigenous language is Enga, with about 200,000 speakers, followed by Melpa and Huli.[73] Indigenous languages are classified into two large groups, Austronesian languages
Austronesian languages
and non-Austronesian, or Papuan, languages. There are four official languages for Papua New Guinea: English, "sign language" (which in practice means Papua New Guinean Sign Language), Tok Pisin
Tok Pisin
and Hiri Motu. English is the language of government and the education system, but it is not spoken widely. The primary lingua franca of the country is Tok Pisin
Tok Pisin
(commonly known in English as New Guinean Pidgin or Melanesian Pidgin), in which much of the debate in Parliament is conducted, many information campaigns and advertisements are presented, and until recently a national newspaper, Wantok, was published. The only area where Tok Pisin
Tok Pisin
is not prevalent is the southern region of Papua, where people often use the third official language, Hiri Motu. Although it lies in the Papua region, Port Moresby
Port Moresby
has a highly diverse population which primarily uses Tok Pisin, and to a lesser extent English, with Motu spoken as the indigenous language in outlying villages. With an average of only 7,000 speakers per language, Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
has a greater density of languages than any other nation on earth except Vanuatu.[74][citation needed] Health[edit] Government expenditure health in 2014 accounted for 9.5% of total government spending, with total health expenditure equating to 4.3% of GDP.[75] There were five physicians per 100,000 people in the early 2000s.[76] Malaria is the leading cause of illness and death in New Guinea. In 2003, the most recently reported year, 70,226 cases of laboratory confirmed malaria were reported, along with 537 deaths. A total of 1,729,697 cases were probable.[77] Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
has the highest incidence of HIV and AIDS in the Pacific region and is the fourth country in the Asia Pacific region to fit the criteria for a generalised HIV/AIDS epidemic.[78] Lack of HIV/AIDS awareness is a major problem, especially in rural areas. The 2010 maternal mortality rate per 100,000 births for Papua New Guinea is 250. This is compared with 311.9 in 2008 and 476.3 in 1990. The under 5 mortality rate, per 1,000 births is 69 and the neonatal mortality as a percentage of under 5's mortality is 37. In Papua New Guinea the number of midwives per 1,000 live births is 1 and the lifetime risk of death for pregnant women is 1 in 94.[79] Religion[edit] Main article: Religion in Papua New Guinea

Citizen population in Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
by religion, based on the 2011 census[80]    Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
(26%)   Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
(18.4%)    Seventh-day Adventist
Seventh-day Adventist
(12.9%)    Pentecostal
Pentecostal
(10.4%)   United Church in Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
and the Solomon Islands (10.3%)    Evangelical Alliance
Evangelical Alliance
Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
(5.9%)   Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
(3.2%)    Baptist
Baptist
(2.8%)    Salvation Army
Salvation Army
(0.4%)   Kwato Church (0.2%)   Other Christian (5.1%)   Non Christian (1.4%)   Not stated (3.1%)

The courts and government practice uphold the constitutional right to freedom of speech, thought, and belief, and no legislation to curb those rights has been adopted. The 2011 census found that 95.6% of citizens identified themselves as members of a Christian church, 1.4% were not Christian, 3.1% did not answer this census question. These who stated no religion accounted for, approximately, 0%. Many citizens combine their Christian faith with some traditional indigenous religious practices.[81] Christianity in Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
is predominantly made up of Protestants, who collectively constitute roughly 70% of the total population. They are mostly represented by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea, the Seventh-day Adventist
Seventh-day Adventist
Church, diverse Pentecostal
Pentecostal
denominations, the United Church in Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
and the Solomon Islands, the Evangelical Alliance
Evangelical Alliance
Papua New Guinea, and the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea. Apart from Protestants, there is a notable Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
minority with approximately 25% of the population. Among non Christians, the Bahai Faith
Bahai Faith
has a strong standing. There are also approximately 4,000 Muslims in the country. The majority belong to the Sunni
Sunni
group, while a small number are Ahmadi.[82] Non-traditional Christian churches and non-Christian religious groups are active throughout the country. The Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
Council of Churches has stated that both Muslim and Confucian missionaries are active, and foreign missionary activity in general is high.[83] Traditional religions are often animist. Some also tend to have elements of Veneration of the dead, though generalisation is suspect given the extreme heterogeneity of Melanesian societies. Prevalent among traditional tribes is the belief in masalai, or evil spirits, which are blamed for "poisoning" people, causing calamity and death, and the practice of puripuri (sorcery).[84][85] Culture[edit] Main articles: Culture of Papua New Guinea, Music of Papua New Guinea, and Papua New Guinean cuisine

Bilum bag from Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province

A resident of Boga-Boga, a village on the southeast coast of mainland Papua New Guinea

A 20th century wooden Abelam
Abelam
ancestor figure (nggwalndu)

It is estimated that more than a thousand cultural groups exist in Papua New Guinea. Because of this diversity, many styles of cultural expression have emerged. Each group has created its own expressive forms in art, dance, weaponry, costumes, singing, music, architecture and much more. Most of these cultural groups have their own language. People typically live in villages that rely on subsistence farming. In some areas people hunt and collect wild plants (such as yam roots) to supplement their diets. Those who become skilled at hunting, farming and fishing earn a great deal of respect. On the Sepik
Sepik
river, there is a tradition of wood carving, often in the form of plants or animals, representing ancestor spirits. Sea shells are no longer the currency of Papua New Guinea, as they were in some regions — sea shells were abolished as currency in 1933. This tradition is still present in local customs. In some cultures, to get a bride, a groom must bring a certain number of golden-edged clam shells[86] as a bride price. In other regions, the bride price is paid in lengths of shell money, pigs, cassowaries or cash. Elsewhere, it is brides who traditionally pay a dowry. People of the highlands engage in colourful local rituals that are called "sing sings". They paint themselves and dress up with feathers, pearls and animal skins to represent birds, trees or mountain spirits. Sometimes an important event, such as a legendary battle, is enacted at such a musical festival. Sport[edit] Main article: Sport in Papua New Guinea Sport is an important part of Papua New Guinean culture and rugby league is by far the most popular sport.[87] In a nation where communities are far apart and many people live at a minimal subsistence level, rugby league has been described as a replacement for tribal warfare as a way of explaining the local enthusiasm for the game (a matter of life and death). Many Papua New Guineans have become instant celebrities by representing their country or playing in an overseas professional league. Even Australian rugby league players who have played in the annual State of Origin series, which is celebrated feverishly every year in PNG, are among the most well known people throughout the nation. State of Origin is a highlight of the year for most Papua New Guineans, although the support is so passionate that many people have died over the years in violent clashes supporting their team.[88] The Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
national rugby league team usually plays against the Australian Prime Minister's XIII (a selection of NRL players) each year, normally in Port Moresby. Although not as popular, Australian rules football
Australian rules football
is more significant in another way, as the national team is ranked second, only after Australia. Other major sports which have a part in the Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
sporting landscape are association football, rugby union, basketball and, in eastern Papua, cricket. The capital city, Port Moresby, hosted the Pacific Games
Pacific Games
in 2015. Education[edit] Main article: Education in Papua New Guinea A large proportion of the population is illiterate,[89] with women predominating in this area.[89] Much of the education in PNG is provided by church institutions.[90] This includes 500 schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea.[91] Papua New Guinea has six universities apart from other major tertiary institutions. The two founding universities are the University of Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
based in the National Capital District,[92] and the Papua New Guinea University of Technology based outside of Lae, in Morobe Province. The four other universities which were once colleges were established recently after gaining government recognition. These are the University of Goroka
Goroka
in the Eastern Highlands province, Divine Word University (run by the Catholic Church's Divine Word Missionaries) in Madang
Madang
Province, Vudal University in East New Britain Province
East New Britain Province
and Pacific Adventist University
Pacific Adventist University
(run by the Seventh-day Adventist
Seventh-day Adventist
Church) in the National Capital District. Science and technology[edit] Papua New Guinea's National Vision 2050 was adopted in 2009. This has led to the establishment of the Research, Science and Technology Council. At its gathering in November 2014, the Council re-emphasised the need to focus on sustainable development through science and technology.[93] Vision 2050’s medium-term priorities are:[93]

emerging industrial technology for downstream processing; infrastructure technology for the economic corridors; knowledge-based technology; Science and engineering education; and to reach the target of investing 5% of GDP in research and development by 2050. (There is no recent data for this indicator.)

According to Thomson Reuters' Web of Science, Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
had the largest number of publications (110) among Pacific Island states in 2014, followed by Fiji
Fiji
(106). Nine out of ten scientific publications from Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
focused on immunology, genetics, biotechnology and microbiology. Nine out of ten were also co-authored by scientists from other countries, mainly Australia, the United States
United States
of America, United Kingdom, Spain
Spain
and Switzerland.[93] Forestry is an important economic resource for Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
but the industry uses low and semi-intensive technological inputs. As a result, product ranges are limited to sawed timber, veneer, plywood, block board, moulding, poles and posts and wood chips. Only a few limited finished products are exported. Lack of automated machinery, coupled with inadequately trained local technical personnel, are some of the obstacles to introducing automated machinery and design. Policy-makers need to turn their attention to eliminating these barriers, in order for forestry to make a more efficient and sustainable contribution to national economic development.[93] In Papua New Guinea, renewable energy sources represent two-thirds of the total electricity supply.[93] In 2015, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community observed that, 'while Fiji, Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
and Samoa
Samoa
are leading the way with large-scale hydropower projects, there is enormous potential to expand the deployment of other renewable energy options such as solar, wind, geothermal and ocean-based energy sources'.[94] The European Union
European Union
has funded the Renewable Energy in Pacific Island Countries Developing Skills and Capacity programme (EPIC). Since its inception in 2013, the programme has developed a master’s programme in renewable energy management at the University of Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
and helped to establish a Centre of Renewable Energy at the same university.[93] Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
is one of the 15 beneficiaries of a programme on Adapting to Climate Change and Sustainable Energy worth €37.26 million. The programme resulted from the signing of an agreement in February 2014 between the European Union
European Union
and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. The other beneficiaries are the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu
Tuvalu
and Vanuatu.[93] Transport[edit] Main article: Transport in Papua New Guinea Transport in Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
is heavily limited by the country's mountainous terrain. As a result, air travel is the single most important form of transport for human and high density/value freight. Aeroplanes made it possible to open up the country during its early colonial period. Even today the two largest cities, Port Moresby
Port Moresby
and Lae, are only directly connected by planes. Port Moresby
Port Moresby
is not linked by road to any of the other major towns, and many remote villages can only be reached by light aircraft or on foot. Jacksons International Airport
Jacksons International Airport
is the major international airport in Papua New Guinea, located 8 kilometres (5 mi) from Port Moresby. In addition to two international airfields, Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
has 578 airstrips, most of which are unpaved.[3] Assets are not maintained to good operating standards and poor transport remains a major impediment to the development of ties of national unity. See also[edit]

Geography portal Oceania
Oceania
portal Commonwealth realms portal Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
portal

Communications in Papua New Guinea Conservation in Papua New Guinea Foreign relations of Papua New Guinea Human rights in Papua New Guinea Military of Papua New Guinea Outline of Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
honours system Science and technology in Pacific Island countries Tourism in Papua New Guinea

Lists

List of airports in Papua New Guinea List of cities and towns in Papua New Guinea List of diplomatic missions in Papua New Guinea List of Districts and Local Level Governments of Papua New Guinea List of earthquakes in Papua New Guinea List of Papua New Guineans

Sources[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

Biskup, Peter, B. Jinks and H. Nelson. A Short History of New Guinea (1970) Connell, John. Papua New Guinea: The Struggle for Development (1997) online Gash, Noel. A Pictorial History of New Guinea
New Guinea
(1975) Golson, Jack. 50,000 years of New Guinea
New Guinea
history (1966) Griffin, James. Papua New Guinea: A political history (1979) James, Paul; Nadarajah, Yaso; Haive, Karen; Stead, Victoria (2012). Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Development: Other Paths for Papua New Guinea. Honolulu: University of Hawaii
Hawaii
Press.  Knauft, Bruce M. South Coast New Guinea
New Guinea
Cultures: History, Comparison, Dialectic (1993) excerpt and text search McCosker, Anne. Masked Eden: A History of the Australians in New Guinea (1998) Mckinnon, Rowan, et al. Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
& Solomon Islands (Country Travel Guide) (2008) excerpt and text search Swadling, Pamela (1996). Plumes from Paradise. Papua New Guinea National Museum. ISBN 9980-85-103-1.  Waiko. John. Short History of Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
(1993) Waiko, John Dademo. Papua New Guinea: A History of Our Times (2003) Zimmer-Tamakoshi, Laura. Modern Papua New Guinea
New Guinea
(1998) online

Primary sources[edit]

Jinks, Brian, ed. Readings in New Guinea
New Guinea
history (1973) Tim Flannery
Tim Flannery
Throwim' Way Leg: Tree-Kangaroos, Possums, and Penis Gourds (2000) memoir excerpt and text search Malinowski, Bronislaw. Argonauts of the Western Pacific: An Account of Native Enterprise and Adventure in the Archipelagoes of Melanesian New Guinea (2002) famous anthropological account of the Trobriand Islanders; based on field work in 1910s online Visser, Leontine, ed. Governing New Guinea: An Oral History of Papuan Administrators, 1950–1990 (2012) Whitaker, J.L. et al. eds. Documents and readings in New Guinea history: Pre-history to 1889 (1975)

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