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Port Moresby
Pot Mosbi
Downtown Port Moresby
Downtown Port Moresby
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Country  Papua New Guinea
Division National Capital District
Established 1873
Area
 • Total 240 km2 (90 sq mi)
Elevation 35 m (115 ft)
Population (2011 census)
 • Total 364,145
 • Density 1,517/km2 (3,930/sq mi)
Languages
 • Main languages Motu, Tok Pisin, English
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
Postal code 111

Port Moresby, also referred to as Pom City or simply Moresby, is the capital and largest city of Papua New Guinea and the largest city in the South Pacific outside of Australia and New Zealand. It is located on the shores of the Gulf of Papua, on the south-western coast of the Papuan Peninsula of the island of New Guinea. The city emerged as a trade centre in the second half of the 19th century. During World War II it was a prime objective for conquest by the Imperial Japanese forces during 1942–43 as a staging point and air base to cut off Australia from Southeast Asia and the Americas.

In 2000 it had a population of 254,158. As of 2011, it had a population of 364,145, giving it an annual growth rate of 2.1% over a nine-year period. The place where the city was founded has been inhabited by the Motu-Koitabu people for centuries. The first Briton to see it was Captain John Moresby in 1873. It was named in honour of his father, Admiral Sir Fairfax Moresby.

Although Port Moresby is surrounded by Central Province, of which it is also the capital, it is not part of that province, but forms the National Capital District.

Port Moresby hosted the APEC summit in November 2018, however there were concerns about security given the capital's reputation for violent crime.

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