Transport and infrastructure in Papua New GuineaOur 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.
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Road trafficThe network of roads and highways has a total length of 9,349 km. For each of the country's 8.95 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 1.04 meters. This puts Papua New Guinea in 201st place in the global ranking. However, it is also important to note the country's population density, which is very low at around 19 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 1166 traffic fatalities per year (2013 - 2019), road traffic in Papua New Guinea is considered reasonably safe. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 14.1 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 5.9 in the European Union as a whole and 17.0 worldwide.
In Papua New Guinea, traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road, i.e. people drive in the right-hand lane and overtake on the left. Oncoming traffic comes toward you on the left side. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.
Papua New Guinea
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||9,300 km||1,044.93 km||20.20 m|
|Railroads||0 km||0.00 km||0.00 m|
|Waterways||11,000 km||1,229.46 km||23.77 m|
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||30,900 km||2,504.49 km||55.93 m|
|Railroads||600 km||48.39 km||1.08 m|
|Waterways||11,200 km||908.39 km||20.29 m|
Data sources used• Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
• Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
• CIA Factbook
• OECD Statistics
• Wikipedia (german)