Chimbu Province

Chimbu ( Simbu also ) is one of the 21 provinces of Papua New Guinea. This province is 8476 km ² large and thus the smallest of the Highland provinces. With its 259 703 inhabitants in 2000, but it is also the most densely populated. Capital is Kundiawa with 8,147 inhabitants.


Chimbu has a high-contrast, described by many as attractive landscape: wild, high mountain ridges, many forests and fertile valleys with wide landscaped terraced gardens and coffee plantations. The highest mountain is Mount Wilhelm and is part of the Bismarck Mountains. The mountain was in 1888 by German journalist and explorer Hugo Zöller after Wilhelm von Bismarck, a son of Chancellor Otto Fürst von Bismarck, named. He is with 4509 meters the highest mountain in Papua New Guinea.


By tribal wars and hostilities with European conquerors, Chimbu was long time a forbidden territory for Europeans. In 1957 the ban was lifted in 1966 and became a separate province of Chimbu and Eastern Highlands cleaved.

The neighboring provinces are Eastern Highlands in the east, in the north of Madang, Western Highlands to the west and Gulf and Southern Highlands in the south.


In Chimbu are two main ethnic population groups resident, the Kuman Chimbu and related with them, after which the province got its name. When in 1933 the first Europeans arrived in the area, the locals called them again and again to the word Chimbu, an expression of joy, amazement and approval similar to hooray.

The Chimbu are small and strong and have been described in the older literature because of their facial features and long, sharp-cut nose as Semitic -looking.

See also: Chimbu languages

Districts and LLGs

The Chimbu Province is divided into six districts. Each district consists of one or more distinguish " areas at the local administrative level ," Local Level Government ( LLG ) areas which in Rural (rural ) or urban ( urban) LLGs.

Pictures of Chimbu Province