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Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea Geography Stats

Definitions

  • Area > Comparative: The area of various small countries expressed in comparison to various areas within the United States of America.
  • Area > Land: Total land area in square kilometres
  • Area > Land > Per capita: Total land area in square kilometres Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Area > Total: Total area in square kilometers
  • Average precipitation in depth > Mm per year: Average precipitation in depth (mm per year). Average precipitation is the long-term average in depth (over space and time) of annual precipitation in the country. Precipitation is defined as any kind of water that falls from clouds as a liquid or a solid.
  • Average rainfall in depth > Mm per year: Average rainfall is the long-term average in depth (over space and time) of annual precipitation in the country. Precipitation is defined as any kind of water that falls from clouds as a liquid or a solid.
  • Climate: A brief description of typical weather regimes throughout the year.
  • Geographic coordinates: This entry includes rounded latitude and longitude figures for the purpose of finding the approximate geographic center of an entity and is based on the Gazetteer of Conventional Names, Third Edition, August 1988, US Board on Geographic Names and on other sources.
  • Geographic location: Geographic location of island countries.
  • Land area > Sq. km: Land area is a country's total area, excluding area under inland water bodies, national claims to continental shelf, and exclusive economic zones. In most cases the definition of inland water bodies includes major rivers and lakes."
  • Land area > Square miles: Country land area.
  • Location: The country's regional location, neighboring countries, and adjacent bodies of water.
  • Natural resources: A country's mineral, petroleum, hydropower, and other resources of commercial importance.
  • Surface area > Sq. km: Surface area is a country's total area, including areas under inland bodies of water and some coastal waterways.
  • Terrain: A brief description of the topography
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Area > Comparative slightly larger than California 2013
Area > Land 452,860 sq km 2008 53th out of 235
Area > Land > Per capita 76.34 sq km per 1,000 people 2008 29th out of 224
Area > Total 462,840 sq km 2013 56th out of 251
Average precipitation in depth > Mm per year 3,142 2011 2nd out of 178
Average rainfall in depth > Mm per year 3,142 2008 2nd out of 169
Climate tropical; northwest monsoon (December to March), southeast monsoon (May to October); slight seasonal temperature variation 2013
Geographic coordinates 6 00 S, 147 00 E 2013
Geographic location Pacific Ocean , Melanesia 2014
Land area > Sq. km 452,860 sq km 2008 51st out of 199
Land area > Square miles 178,704 square miles 2013 19th out of 98
Location Oceania, group of islands including the eastern half of the island of New Guinea between the Coral Sea and the South Pacific Ocean, east of Indonesia 2013
Natural resources gold, copper, silver, natural gas, timber, oil, fisheries 2013
Surface area > Sq. km 462,840 km² 2005 53th out of 204
Terrain mostly mountains with coastal lowlands and rolling foothills 2013

SOURCES: CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; Food and Agriculture Organization; Food and Agriculture Organisation, electronic files and web site.; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; Wikipedia: List of island countries (Sovereign states); British Broadcasting Corporation 2014; World Development Indicators database

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Papua New Guinea Geography Profiles (Subcategories)

Area 11 Land boundaries 4
Environment 3 Land use 3
Freshwater withdrawal 6 Maritime claims 4
Land area 3 Surface area 3
  • Papua New Guinea ranked first for average rainfall in depth > mm per year amongst Hot countries in 2008.
  • Papua New Guinea ranked first for average precipitation in depth > mm per year amongst Christian countries in 2011.
  • Papua New Guinea ranked first for maritime claims > territorial sea amongst East Asia and Pacific in 2013.
  • Papua New Guinea ranked third for land use > permanent crops amongst Sparsely populated countries in 2013.