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Transport and infrastructure in Papua New Guinea

Our listing of the primary kinds of transport compares the infrastructure of Papua New Guinea with the average of all countries in Oceania. The traffic routes have noticeable defects in many places and are often not in a particularly good condition.
The waterways listed refer to inland traffic on rivers and canals. The number of ports includes those located on the total 5,152 km of coastline. In 2019, about 338,300 freight containers were transported.
Airports in Papua New Guinea
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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 9,349 km. For each of the country's 9.12 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 1.03 meters. This puts Papua New Guinea in 199th place in the global ranking. However, it is also important to note the country's population density, which is very low at around 20 inhabitants per km². Like this, disproportionately long distances generally have to be covered to reach the more remote parts of the country.
With an average of 1200 traffic fatalities per year (2012 - 2019), road traffic in Papua New Guinea is considered reasonably safe. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 14.4 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.2 in the USA and 17.1 worldwide.
In Papua New Guinea, left-hand traffic is the rule on the roads, i.e. you drive in the left lane and overtake on the right. Oncoming traffic comes to meet you on the right side. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.

 

Papua New Guinea

 totalper 1 mio
inhabitants
per km²
Roadways9,300 km1,025.22 km20.20 m
Railroads0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Waterways11,000 km1,206.27 km23.77 m
Commercial harbors17719.410.000
Airports505.480.108
 

Oceania

 total per 1 mio
inhabitants
per km²
Roadways30,900 km2,461.92 km55.93 m
Railroads600 km47.56 km1.08 m
Waterways11,200 km892.96 km20.29 m
Commercial harbors5,395429.830.010
Airports21617.210.000

Data sources used

Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
UNCTAD
Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
CIA Factbook
OECD Statistics
Wikipedia (german)
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