Port Moresby is the capital city of Papua New Guinea, an island state situated just north of Australia. It is known as "The City of the Motu-Koitabu", after its indigenous Motuan population. Hiri Motu is one of the three main official national languages in Papua New Guinea, alongside Tok Pisin and English. In fact, approximately 848 different languages are believed to be spoken in the country, making it one of the most culturally diverse places in the world and a magnet for anthropologists. Even today, its location as a major Australia-facing port city attracts people to live and work or simply pass through Papua New Guinea. It is a busy city, and poverty is rife. Take your time getting to know your new environment, and take advice from veteran expatriates on where to go and what areas to avoid. Many expats living in Port Moresby like to spend time at the Port Moresby Golf Club (just watch out for the crocodiles!). The Port Moresby Nature Park (which used to be called the National Capital Botanical Gardens) also offers a great introduction to the country’s diverse wildlife and flora. Much of Papua New Guinea remains unexplored, so plan a weekend jungle hike and marvel at the difference between city and country life.
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Papua New Guinea has a tropical climate – it is hot and humid, so expatriates moving to Port Moresby should pack light cotton-based clothes in pale colors. Before you leave, ask your doctor if you need any vaccinations – there is a small risk of malaria in Papua New Guinea, although this is minimal in Port Moresby. You may wish to be immunized against Hepatitis A and B and typhoid, but take your doctor’s advice before making any decisions. Port Moresby is infamous for its crime rates, but don’t let this put you off moving there as an expat. Take precautions when you are out and about; don’t leave valuables in plain site; and avoid areas which are known to be dangerous. If you have any worries about crime, or any other element of life as an expatriate in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, speak to seasoned expats through the InterNations community.
Port Moresby is a popular stopping-off point for travelers exploring Australasia and the South Pacific islands. You are likely to meet any number of other expatriates on a daily basis, so you should fit into working life in Port Moresby pretty quickly. Make sure your visa information is up to date before you set off, and keep in touch with your embassy in case of any diplomatic changes. Many expats working in Port Moresby use it as a jumping off point to also do business in nearby Darwin, Jakarta or Singapore – make the most of your location while you are there. Get in touch with and share your experiences with other expats living in Port Moresby or across the globe through the InterNations community, for example in the form of a member-contribution in our Expat Magazine.