Port Moresby is the capital and largest city of Papua New Guinea. The city is often covered by a smoke haze that is created by the numerous small fires lit beside the road or in the bush by its inhabitants. The city experiences high levels of rape, robbery, murder and large areas of the city are controlled by gangs. Papua New Guinea is in Oceania, and consists of a 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. The climate is tropical monsoon and slight seasonal temperature variation. The official language is English. It is spoken widely in business and government circles. Dialects such as Pidgin English and Hiri Motu are commonly used. The main religions are Christianity and indigenous beliefs. The economy of Papua New Guinea is richly endowed with natural resources, but exploitation has been hampered by the rugged terrain and the high cost of developing infrastructure. Agriculture provides a subsistence livelihood for the bulk of the population. Papua New Guineans are generally friendly and hospitable, but they can be suspicious of expatriates, whom they may suspect of wanting to exploit them. Expatriate business dress is suited to the warm, tropical climate in the form of a lightweight suit and tie for men, and lightweight clothing for women. The security risk for expatriates in Papua New Guinea is high. Risks include violent crime, burglary, hold-ups, muggings, assault, carjacking and rape. The currency of Papua New Guinea is the Papua New Guinea Kina (PGK). Medical facilities are very basic. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be very expensive. Cases of Zika virus and Chikungunya virus as well as drug resistant TB have been reported. The population of Port Moresby is 411,000 (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 4.7% for Papua New Guinea as at December 2017. For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Papua New Guinea is progressive up to 42%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Port Moresby, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Port Moresby as at 1 April 2018 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: Average 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Average 5) Furniture & Appliances: Low 6) Groceries: Average 7) Healthcare: High 8) Household Accommodation: Very High 9) Miscellaneous: Very Low 10) Personal Care: Low 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very Low 13) Transport: Very Low Port Moresby is for example 14% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 169.5% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and -18.8% cheaper for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Port Moresby for an expat from Perth, is for example 30%, i.e. host location (Port Moresby) premium of 40% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Port Moresby is ranked as a extreme hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Port Moresby? Register subscribe to your home location and Port Moresby and run your personalised reports.