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commonly known as PNG, papua new guinea is an island nation in oceania, consisting of part of the huge island of new guinea, which it shares with indonesia. once a portuguese, and later german and then australian territory, it became independent in the 1970s. it is currently the most rural country in the world, with most people outside of the capital of port mosebly either working as subsistant farmers or living in traditional tribes.
papua new guinea has over 850 different languages spoken among its indegenious tribes.
by Ben E. Hama February 01, 2007
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Malrial, large South Pacific island (with rainforest) that's half independent and half Indonesian. The place is literally festering with insects, tropical disease, poisonous/non-poisonous reptiles, man-eating birds, and painted head-hunting types in its jungle areas. Located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, PNG is susceptible to volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, cyclones and almost any other natural diasater you can name. As its interior is still largely unexplored due to the extremity of its geography, you may well find yourself in a 'Land that Time Forgot' scenario should you venture too far off the beaten track. The capital on the independent side is Port Moresby - a city ringed with squatters dwellings and rife with marauding 'Raskols'(bandits) who spend their time chewing betel-nut (an adrenal stimulator that turns your spit to red foam) and carjacking SUVs. Port Moresby has a higher crime rate than the Radford area of Nottingham (or even the Staropromyslovsky district of Grozny), if you listen to the scare stories. It's actually not too bad if you use your common sense. Just don't go out at night without an armed guard who isn't going to run away.
Tourist: I went to Papua New Guinea once and was kidnapped for my shoes.
by La-di-da Gunner Graham July 10, 2008
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