Largest Cities in Papua New Guinea

by | January 20, 2021

Facts about Papua New Guinea

Official languages: English, Hiri Motu
Capital: Port Moresby
Area: 462,840 km²
Population: 6.1 million residents
Population density: 13.10 residents per km²
Currency: PGK
Internet TLD: .pg
ISO codes: PG, PNG, 598
The dialing code for Papua New Guinea is +675

Flag of Papua New Guinea

The flag of Pauy-New Guinea is considered one of the most beautiful and remarkable flags. It is divided by a diagonal into two triangular parts – black at the bottom and red at the top. In addition, there are five five-pointed stars in the lower part, which, similar to the flags of Australia and New Zealand, depict the constellation of the Southern Cross. The red part of the flag is dominated by the golden silhouette of the paradise, which is the national symbol of the country. The colors red, yellow and black have long been used by the indigenous population to decorate folk art objects. The flag was adopted in 1971 – that is, four years before the official independence.


Flag of Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is the third largest island nation in the world after Indonesia and Madagascar. It is located in the Pacific, is part of the Australian continent and includes the east of the island of New Guinea (the western part, West Papua, belongs to Indonesia) as well as several offshore islands and archipelagos. New Guinea itself is the second largest island in the world and is extensively surrounded by numerous archipelagos, which can be geographically divided into four main groups.

Biggest Cities of Papua New Guinea by Population

Port Moresby is the capital and largest city of Papua New Guinea, located on the southern coast of the Papuan Peninsula. With a population of over 360,000 people, Port Moresby is the hub for business and tourism in Papua New Guinea. The city features many modern amenities such as hotels, shopping malls, restaurants and bars. It also offers several cultural attractions such as the National Museum and Art Gallery which showcases traditional artifacts from various ethnic groups in the country; and The Institute of PNG Studies which provides a comprehensive look into PNG’s rich history and culture.

Lae is the second-largest city in Papua New Guinea with a population of around 96,000 people. Located on the northern coast of Morobe Province, Lae has developed into one of the most important economic hubs in PNG due to its strategic location near major ports such as Madang and Wewak. Visitors to Lae can explore several attractions such as Botanical Gardens which houses hundreds of plant species from all over PNG; Markham Valley War Memorial commemorating those who lost their lives during WW2; or take a tour to nearby Markham River where they can spot various species of birds or even dolphins!

Mount Hagen is another important city located in Western Highlands Province with a population of around 55,000 people. This city serves as an important center for trade due to its proximity to major farming areas producing coffee beans or tea leaves among other products. Visitors here can explore several interesting attractions such as Mt Hagen Cultural Show which showcases traditional dances performed by locals; Melpa Heritage Centre which houses artifacts from Melpa tribe; plus plenty of restaurants serving delicious local dishes made with fresh ingredients grown locally!

Rabaul is a small town located on East New Britain Province with a population around 18,000 people known for its active volcano Tavurvur situated just off its coast! This town offers several interesting attractions such as Rabaul Volcano Observatory where visitors can learn about volcanic activity in this region; Tunuloa Palace Museum which houses artifacts from local tribes; plus plenty of restaurants serving delicious local dishes made with fresh ingredients grown locally!

# City Population Latitude Longitude
1 Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 283,844 -9.47723 147.151
2 Lae, Papua New Guinea 76,366 -6.72208 146.985
3 Arawa, Papua New Guinea 40,377 -6.22977 155.566
4 Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea 33,734 -5.85746 144.231
5 Popondetta, Papua New Guinea 28,309 -8.76536 148.233
6 Madang, Papua New Guinea 27,530 -5.22152 145.787
7 Kokopo, Papua New Guinea 26,384 -4.3432 152.269
8 Mendi, Papua New Guinea 26,363 -6.14755 143.656
9 Kimbe, Papua New Guinea 18,958 -5.55085 150.138
10 Goroka, Papua New Guinea 18,614 -6.08336 145.387
11 Wewak, Papua New Guinea 18,341 -3.54964 143.632
12 Bulolo, Papua New Guinea 16,153 -7.2036 146.64
13 Daru, Papua New Guinea 15,325 -9.07786 143.209
14 Wau, Papua New Guinea 14,740 -7.33778 146.716
15 Kavieng, Papua New Guinea 14,601 -2.57337 150.795
16 Kiunga, Papua New Guinea 11,647 -6.12193 141.291
17 Vanimo, Papua New Guinea 11,315 -2.68372 141.302
18 Alotau, Papua New Guinea 10,136 -10.3151 150.457
19 Kundiawa, Papua New Guinea 9,494 -6.01667 144.967
20 Kainantu, Papua New Guinea 8,620 -6.28872 145.865
21 Tari, Papua New Guinea 8,297 -5.9022 142.935
22 Rabaul, Papua New Guinea 8,185 -4.20037 152.163
23 Ialibu, Papua New Guinea 7,026 -6.28208 143.994
24 Kokoda, Papua New Guinea 6,310 -8.87778 147.736
25 Lorengau, Papua New Guinea 5,917 -2.0341 147.272
26 Kerema, Papua New Guinea 5,757 -7.96309 145.779
27 Aitape, Papua New Guinea 5,658 -3.13697 142.349
28 Wabag, Papua New Guinea 4,069 -5.49119 143.722

Neighboring countries of Papua New Guinea