Sunday, 5 June 2016

BOUGAINVILLE ISLANDS - Autonomous Region of Bougainville

The Autonomous Region of Bougainville , previously known as the North Solomons Province, is an autonomous region in Papua New Guinea. The largest island is Bougainville Island (also the largest of the Solomon Islands archipelago), and the province also includes Buka Island and assorted outlying nearby islands including the Carterets. The capital is temporarily Buka, though it is expected that Arawa will be the permanent provincial capital. The population of the province is 249,358 (2011 census).
Bougainville Island is ecologically and geographically part of the Solomon Islands archipelago but is not politically part of the nation of Solomon Islands. Buka, Bougainville, and most of the Solomons are part of the Solomon Islands rain forests ecoregion.
These two nice covers came from Buka, the capital city of Bougainville Islands, Papua New Guinea. The covers posted from Buka post office on May 12, 2016 and I received in my hands on June 04,2016. Papua New Guinea doesn't have Registered Mail service, so all UPU registered barcode labels discarded. on my special request, Michel and Gaby searched in different post offices and found a label, registered in my name and sent to me. It was a very surprising gift for me. Thank You Gaby for the big help.

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