What is the Currency of Papua New Guinea and what is it's Value against other Major Currencies ?
Papua New Guinea's unit of currency is the Kina which is divided into 100 toea (pronounced 'toya'). The approximate value against major currencies is as follows;
As exchange rates change on a daily basis for current exchange rates please visit http://www.pngbd.com or http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/moni.html both offer valid exchage rates.
The first specialises in exchange rates within the country and the other is more suited towards exchange rates outside PNG.
What is the Population of Papua New Guinea?
From the last population census held in the year 2000, the population of Papua New Guinea stands at over 5.1 million people.
What is the Capital of Papua New Guinea and What is it' s Population?
The capital of Papua New Guinea is Port Moresby and it's population is 200,000. The capital's population is representative of most of the provincial groups that make up Papua New Guinea.
What is the Climate Like in Papua New Guinea?
The coastal regions of the country are tropical whereas the Highland areas enjoy cooler weather in the evening. Generally speaking the country is hot most of the year averaging 30°C - 34°C. The driest seasons are May to October and this is more pronounced in the southern coastal areas including the capital, Port Moresby.
How Many Different Languages Does Your Country Have? And What Languages Are Commonly Spoken In Papua New Guinea?
The country boasts over 800 distinct language groups, however English is widely spoken and is the official language of the business and government community. "Pidgin" or Neo Melanesian, originally introduced as a trade language between the locals and German colonists, is now widely spoken but more so on the New Guinea side of the country.
PNG Pidgin includes words from the German language but most words are derived from English. For the Papuan Side (Southern), Motu is spoken. This language was modifeid as well to "Police Motu" and is spoken widely in the southern part of Papua New Guinea
What are the Main Sites of Interest in the Capital, Port Moresby?
The main sites of interests in Port Moresby include; the National Parliament which is built like a traditional Haus Tambaran (spirit house) common in the Sepik region of the country; The National Museum & Art Gallery; The National Botanical Gardens; Motuan stilt villages; Varirata National Park; Sogeri Plateau; PNG Art which houses the biggest artifact collections in Pt Moresby.
What Are The Banking Hours In Papua New Guinea ? Do You Have Atm's That Accept Credit Cards; Where Are They Located And What Are The Hours Of Operation?
The banking hours in PNG are 9:00am to 3:00pm Monday - Thursday, and 9:00am to 4:00pm on Friday. The ANZ ATM's accept Visa and Mastercard credit cards for cash transactions. The hours of the ANZ ATM's are 7:00am to 7:00pm and are located at the Waigani and Port Moresby branches as well as in Lae, Mt Hagen, Goroka, Madang, and Kokopo (Rabaul). For American Express Credit Cards all queries are to be directed to the Westpac Bank, who have branches in all major towns and cities
What Major Currencies and Credit Cards are Accepted in Papua New Guinea ?
Most major currencies are accepted in Papua New Guinea at banks. These include USD, AUD, NZD, SGD, PHP, JPY, HKD, CAD, DEM, GBP, FRF and many others. Major credit cards accepted in PNG are American Express, Visa, Mastercard and Diners. Credit card payments are accepted for payment of hotel bills, rental car, airline tickets, tour arrangements with major tour operators only and at some specialty retail outlets.
What Are The Normal Shopping Hours?
Normal shopping hours are 8:00am to 6:00pm for departmental shops. In smaller centres these hours may vary.
Do Papua New Guineans Have Their Own Culture or Have They Assimilated Into Western Culture as a Result of Christianity?
Papua New Guineans are fiercely proud of their respective cultures however these days you will find a heavy western influence on dress mainly. You will not see full traditional finery unless there is a special occasion like a bride price ceremonies or wedding feast. Other times to see traditional dress at it's best would be at cultural shows.