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Papua New Guinea

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For supplementary information, see links to post office home pages here External, to postal code pages here External and to other personal name and addressing issues pages here External.

Table of Contents

Papua New Guinea - Country information


Local short name form

Official name





International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Papua New Guinea - Languages


Language maps External

Papua New Guinea has 817 languages, many spoken by relatively small numbers of people. The official language is English External (50 000 speakers). Other national languages are Hiri Motu External (120 000 mostly second-language speakers) and Tok Pisin External (Pidgin English, with some 2 000 000 mainly second-language speakers). The other main languages are: Enga External (164 750 speakers); Hamtai External (40 000 speakers); Huli External (70000 speakers); Kamano External (70 000 speakers); Kuanua External (61 000 speakers); Kuman External (Simbu) (80 000 speakers); Medlpa External (130 000 speakers); Sinasina External (50 079 speakers) and Wahgi External (60 000 speakers).

Papua New Guinea - Personal names and forms of address


Women tend to take their husband’s names upon marriage but retain their own after their husband’s name preceded by née:

   Mrs Josepha Eafere née Temu

Children often do not take their parent’s family name but may be given the name of a warrior uncle or the best fisherman in the villlage, so that siblings do not necessarily share names.

Tribal heads should be addressed as Big Man followed by the family name.

Tables of names can be acquired: given names External, surnames/family names External, family name prefixes External, forms of address External, job titles External

Papua New Guinea - Example address formats






Addresses are usually written in English. Addresses may be street or post office box addresses, and may contain a province name.

A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Papua New Guinea - Post office box


This is written PO Box.

Papua New Guinea - Postal codes


Papua New Guinea has Postal Codes with the format:


but these are rarely used. They are written on the same line as, and after, the postal town name. The postal codes currently range from 111 to 641. Letters found before the postal code are province abbreviations.

Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Papua New Guinea - Postal code format graphic


Papua New Guinea - Postal code format


Papua New Guinea - Postal code specifics

Papua New Guinea - Postal code regular expression


Papua New Guinea - Postal code level of coverage


Papua New Guinea - Postal code map


Place names in Papua New Guinea


Refer to Exonyms in Papua New Guinea for full lists of place names in Papua New Guinea in other languages.

Papua New Guinea - Administrative districts


Administrative districts graphic


Papua New Guinea has 22 provinces External:

Province Postal code range
Bougainville (North Solomons) External 35
Central External 15-16
Chimbu External 46
Eastern Highlands External 44
East New Britain External 61
East Sepik External 53
Enga External 29
Gulf External 31
Hela External 25-26 (shared with Southern Highlands)
Jiwaka External 28 (shared with Western Highlands)
Madang External 51-52
Manus External 64
Milne Bay External 21-22
Morobe External 41-43
National Capital District External 11-13
New Ireland External 63
Northern External 24
Sandaun (West Sepik) External 55
Southern Highlands External 25-26 (shared with Hela)
Western External 33
Western Highlands External 28 (shared with Jiwaka)
West New Britain External 62

This regions/postal code data can be acquired as a data file External

Telephone numbers in Papua New Guinea


Papuan telephone numbers have no area codes. Landline subscriber numbers have 7 digits, mobile numbers 8 digits. Mobile numbers begin with a 7.

Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see External

Every effort is made to keep this resource updated. If you find any errors, or have any questions or requests, please don't hesitate to contact the author.

All information copyright Graham Rhind 2017. Any information used should be acknowledged and referenced.