Bougainville in Papua New Guinea May Become the World's Newest Country After Overwhelming Vote. It has held its special status as an autonomous region of the country since 2001 following a long war. Bougainville consists of a small cluster of islands, the two biggest of which are Bougainville Island and Buka Island.
Accordingly, what country does Bougainville island belong to?
Similarly, what does Bougainville mean?
noun. an island in the W Pacific, in Papua New Guinea: the largest of the Solomon Islands: unilaterally declared independence in 1990; occupied by government troops in 1992, and granted autonomy in 2001. Chief town: Kieta.
Who named Bougainville?
Louis Antoine de Bougainville
Is Bougainville safe to visit?
In some central and southern areas of the main island, to this date there are virtually no foreigners. These areas should not be visited by independent travelers without seeking local advice. The north of the main island and the whole of Buka are quite safe for independent travel.