Administrative divisions of Papua New Guinea

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The administrative divisions of Papua New Guinea consist of twenty province-level divisions: nineteen provinces plus the National Capital District. Each province is divided into one or more districts, which in turn are divided into one or more Local Level Government areas.

Regions[edit]

The nation is divided into four regions. While not official administrative divisions for most purposes, these regional groupings are quite significant in daily life. People generally identify quite strongly with their region, and inter-region rivalries can be intense. The four regions are:

Momase is a recently devised portmanteau word which combines the first two letters of Morobe, Madang, and Sepik.

Provinces[edit]

Papua New Guinea has 20 province-level divisions: nineteen provinces plus the National Capital District. Provinces are the primary administrative divisions of the country. Provincial governments are branches of the national government - Papua New Guinea is not a federation of provinces. Each province forms a Provincial electorate for the national parliament. The provinces are as follows:

  1. Central
  2. Chimbu (Simbu)
  3. Eastern Highlands
  4. East New Britain
  5. East Sepik
  6. Enga
  7. Gulf
  8. Madang
  9. Manus
  10. Milne Bay
  11. Morobe
  1. New Ireland
  2. Northern (Oro Province)
  3. Bougainville (North Solomons)
  4. Southern Highlands
  5. Western Province (Fly)
  6. Western Highlands
  7. West New Britain
  8. West Sepik (Sandaun)
  9. National Capital District
  10. Hela
  11. Jiwaka
Provinces of Papua New Guinea

Districts[edit]

Each province is divided into one or more districts. Each district forms an Open electorate for the national parliament, with the exception of the National Capital District, which is further divided into three Open electorates.

Local level governments[edit]

Each district is divided into one or more Local-Level Government areas, with the exception of the National Capital District.