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Coordinates: 9°30′S 147°40′E / 9.5°S 147.667°E / -9.5; 147.667

Central Province

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Flag of Central Province

Capital: Port Moresby (move to Bautama planned)
Area: 29,500 km² (6th)
Districts: Abau District
Goilala District
Kairuku-Hiri District
Rigo District
(as of 2000)
183,983 (14th)
(since 2002)
Alphonse Moroi
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Map of Papua New Guinea highlighting Central Province

Central Province is a province in Papua New Guinea located on the southern coast of the country. It has a population of 183,983 (2000 census) people and is 29,500 km square in size. The provincial capital of Central Province is Port Moresby, which is also the national capital and is technically located in the National Capital District rather than Central Province itself. On 9 October 2007, the Central Province government announced plans to build a new provincial capital city at Bautama, which lies within Central Province near Port Moresby.[1]

Whereas Tok Pisin is the main lingua franca in all Papua New Guinean towns, in part of the southern mainland coastal area centred on Central Province, Hiri Motu is a stronger lingua franca (but not in Port Moresby).

Sources/Further Reading

  • Hanson, L.W., Allen, B.J., Bourke, R.M. and McCarthy, T.J. (2001). Papua New Guinea Rural Development Handbook. Land Management Group, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University, Canberra. Available as a 30 Megabyte PDF.


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