Administrative divisions of Papua New Guinea
For administrative purposes, Papua New Guinea (PNG) is divided into administrative divisions called regions and provinces. Papua New Guinea is divided into four regions and 22 province-level divisions: 20 provinces plus the autonomous region (Bougainville) and the National Capital District.
PNG is divided into four regions. While not official administrative divisions for most purposes, regions are quite significant in daily life. People generally identify strongly with their region, and inter-region rivalries can be intense.
There are four regions, each of which comprises a number of provinces:
- Highlands Region: Hela, Jiwaka, Simbu, Eastern Highlands, Enga, Southern Highlands, and Western Highlands.
- Islands Region: East New Britain, Manus, New Ireland, North Solomons (Bougainville), and West New Britain.
- Momase Region: East Sepik, Madang, Morobe, and West Sepik (Sandaun).
- Southern Region: Central, Gulf, Milne Bay, Northern Province (Oro), Western (Fly), and the National Capital District.
Provinces are the primary administrative divisions of PNG. Provincial governments are branches of the national government - PNG is not a federation of provinces. Each province forms a provincial electorate for the national parliament. The provinces are as follows:
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.
Each district is divided into one or more Local-Level Government areas, with the exception of the National Capital District.
- Provinces of Papua New Guinea on statoids.com
- Districts of Papua New Guinea on statoids.com
- OCHA FISS (2018). "Papua New Guinea administrative level 0, 1, 2, and 3 population statistics and gazetteer". Humanitarian Data Exchange. 1.31.9.