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Capital City: Honiara on the island of Guadalcanal.

Local Time
: UTC +11h

Geography: Location: Oceania; group of South Pacfic islands east of Papua New Guinea. Area: Land -- 27 556 sq. km. (11 599 sq. mi.). Archipelago--725 197 sq. km. (280 000 sq. mi.). Terrain: rugged mountains with some low coral atolls.

Climate: Tropical with average daytime temperatures around 29 degrees and high humidity, monsoonal wet season occurring between November and March.

Type: Parliamentary democracy within the Commonwealth.
Chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by Governor General Sir John LAPLI (since NA 1999)
Constitution: May 1978.
Independence: 7 July 1978 (from the United Kingdom).

Nationality: Solomon Islander(s).
Population: between 320 000 - 520 000.
GNI per capita PPP: $ 1 922 (year) Ethnic groups: predominantly Melanesian 93%, Polynesian 4%, Micronesian 1.5%. Religions: Christian 95%--more than one-third Anglican, indigenous beliefs 4%. Languages: English (official, but spoken by only 1%-2%); Melanesian pidgin is lingua franca spoken in much of the islands; 87 indigenous languages.
Literacy: 64%


Currency: Solomon Islands dollar (SBD)

Natural resources: Fish, forests, palm products (oil and kernels) as well as cocoa, gold, bauxite, phosphates, lead, zinc, nickel.

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Official Sites of Solomon Islands

Ministry of Commerce, Employment & Tourism

Solomon Islands High Commission in Canberra, Australia

Diplomatic Missions
Consulates of Solomon Islands

Map of Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands map

Map of Oceania and the Pacific Islands   

Island News
The CocoNET Wireless

People First Network News Page

Pacific Islands Report

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation

Arts & Culture
Melanesian Handcraft

Oceanic Tribal Art : New Hebrides Solomon Vanuatu Art
Village Enterprises

Business & Economy
Central Bank of Solomon Islands

Online Business Information Service (OBIS)

Solomon Airlines

Destination Solomon Islands - Islands Guides
The Solomon Islands

In And Around Honiara

Where to stay

Island Hopping

Charapoana Island Resort

Dive Gizo


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Jane's Solomon Islands Home Page

Finding Solomon Islands

South Pacific Tourism Organisation

Travel advices
Travel advice for the Solomon Islands

King's University

People First Network

Solomon Islands Association of Rural Training Centres

Conservation Activities and Information

WWF Solomon Islands Country Programme

Battle of Guadalcanal

History of the Solomon Islands

Pacific Web Guide

Te Puna Web Directory




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