Tourism in Papua New Guinea News Reviews

Papua New Guinea


Nation in the SW Pacific Ocean, independent since 1975, occupying the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and including a number of island s: the Bismarck Archipelago, the D’Entrecasteaux Island s, the Louisiade archipelago, Samarai Island , the Trobriand Island s, and the northernmost Solomon Island s of Buka and Bougainville. Largely tropical, New Guinea is a land of rugged mountains and thick forests, containing exotic plant and animal life. Much of it is still unexplored. Native arts and crafts have attracted attention in recent years; and although cannibalism and headhunting seem to have disappeared, tribal warfare still goes on. There are some 700 linguistic groups in the area, and so pidgin English has become the lingua franca. Agriculture and the mining of various metals are the main industries, wooden digging sticks and mammoth mining machines both being in use. Port Moresby is the capital and a modern city that contrasts sharply with the primitive tribal villages of the interior.

New Guinea was probably first sighted in 1511 by an explorer from Portugal, Antonio d’Abreu, and named for its resemblance to the Guinea coast of West Africa. Papua, the southern section of Papua New Guinea, was annexed by Queensland in 1883, and the next year the British proclaimed a protectorate over it. In 1905 it came under the control of Australia as the Territory of Papua. The northern region became German New Guinea in 1884, was occupied by Australian forces in World War I, and became an Australian mand ated territory in 1920 as the Territory of New Guinea. In 1949 the two territories were merged for administrative purposes. During World War II the region was the scene of an intense struggle between the Japanese and the Allies. Japan captured Lae and Rabaul in early 1942, but the latter was so heavily bombed that it was of little use to the Japanese, while Lae was retaken by the Australians in September 1943. Port Moresby was the chief Allied base on New Guinea. On December 1, 1973, the two sections became self-governing as Papua New Guinea, which on September 16, 1975, became completely independent and a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. In the late 1980s an armed secessionist movement broke out on Bougainville. A cease-fire, monitored by Australia, went into effect in 1998, and a peace accord that granted the island broad autonomy was signed in 2001. A weeklong mutiny broke out in 2001 over proposed cuts in defense forces as result of economic reforms demand ed by Australia and international organizations. Sir Michael Somare, of the National Alliance Party, was elected prime minister in 2002.


     

Papua New Guinea in photos


Explore every corner in Papua New Guinea

4 truly amazing places you must visit in Papua New Guinea



places of interest you must visit

Travel news

the new tourist season in the moravian karst

On the first day of March of all the tourists, who dreams to visit the caves of the Moravian karst, expecting good news: it finally became possible. This name is composed of the cave, as Katerinska a... read more

game of thrones in northern ireland

Northern Ireland is not so popular among tourists. Therefore, local authorities are trying by all means to entice travelers here. In recent times, "went crazy" after watching the TV series "Game of t... read more

lovers destroyed one of the bridges of paris

In Paris, there was a real emergency. One of the parts of the bridge could not stand the severity of a large number of locks left by lovers couples from around the world. According to some estimates,... read more

sushi the championship will take place in japan

The world Cup of cooking traditional Japanese food sushi will be held in Chiba, from 6 to 8 March. ... read more

station madrid change their roles

One of the main attractions of Madrid and the most recognizable place in town is the station. It's called Principe Pio. As planned by the local authorities, he must become a true entertainment center... read more