Kokopo

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Kokopo
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Kokopo is located in Papua New Guinea
Kokopo
Kokopo
Location within New Britain and Ireland
Coordinates: 4°21′00″S 152°16′25″E / 4.35000°S 152.27361°E / -4.35000; 152.27361
Country Papua New Guinea
Province East New Britain
District Kokopo District
LLG Kokopo-Vunamami Urban
Elevation 4 m (13 ft)
Population (2000)
 • Total 20,262
 • Rank 8th
Languages
 • Main languages Kuanua, Tok Pisin, English
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
Location 20 km (12 mi) from Rabaul
Mean max temp 31.0 °C (87.8 °F)
Mean min temp 23.3 °C (73.9 °F)
Annual rainfall 2,003 mm (78.86 in)

Kokopo is the capital of East New Britain in Papua New Guinea. The capital was moved from Rabaul in 1994 when the volcanoes Tavurvur and Vulcan erupted. As a result, the population of the town increased more than sixfold from 3,150 in 1990 to 20,262 in 2000.[1]

Kokopo was known as Herbertshöhe during the German New Guinea administration which controlled the area between 1884 and formally till 1919. Until 1910 it was the capital of the German colonial administration.

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The remains of the former capital Rabaul are located some 20 km (12 mi) to the north-east of Kokopo, when using the Kokopo-Rabaul Highway. There are still some 4,000 inhabitants in Rabaul, down from over 17,000 before the latest volcanic eruption.

Rabaul Airport (also called Tokua Airport), one of Papua New Guinea's largest domestic airports, is located a few kilometres east of Kokopo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ PNG Census 2000