Gulf Province

Gulf is one of the 21 provinces of Papua New Guinea. Gulf is about 34,500 km ² and has around 110,000 inhabitants. Capital is Kerema with 5,116 inhabitants in 2000 - about three times as many as in 1980.

The Gulf Province is located on the rainy south coast of the country on the eponymous Gulf of Papua. The area is unsuitable because of swamps and alluvial deposits for road construction, so there are 200 km of roads, and the traffic takes place on the water or by air. Often the airfields of floods and rains have flooded.

About 15 large currents and several rivers run through the province. The existence conditions are so unfavorable that the country is sparsely populated and migrate 30% of the babies here in other provinces. There are no important towns. Until 1951, the territory of two provinces, Gulf and Delta.

The living around Port Moresby Motu have previously exchanged their several months Hiri rides especially in the area of the Gulf Province sago palm flour. Sago flour is, however, little rich in protein. As elsewhere on the island were formerly in the Gulf Province cannibalism and head hunting usual.

Four main tribes inhabiting the province: the delta people on the coast are semi-nomadic and are considered inert. The sedentary Elema inland have a reputation for being industrious artist. The Kamea on the border with the province of Morobe are small, stocky and are considered very warlike. The Namau on the coast are known for strange monsters modeled cult objects.

Districts and LLGs

The Gulf Province is divided into two 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.