SOLOMON-ISLANDS

Information about travelling to Solomon-Islands

Solomon-Islands is located in Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Papua New Guinea

Facts about Solomon-Islands
Population581,318 (July 2008 est.)
CapitalHoniara
Time zoneUTC+11 (16 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Location Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Papua New Guinea

General info about Solomon-Islands
The UK established a protectorate over the Solomon Islands in the 1890s. Some of the bitterest fighting of World War II occurred on this archipelago. Self-government was achieved in 1976 and independence two years later. Ethnic violence, government malfeasance, and endemic crime have undermined stability and civil society. In June 2003, then Prime Minister Sir Allan KEMAKEZA sought the assistance of Australia in reestablishing law and order; the following month, an Australian-led multinational force arrived to restore peace and disarm ethnic militias. The Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) has generally been effective in restoring law and order and rebuilding government institutions.
Languages spoken
Melanesian pidgin in much of the country is lingua franca; English (official; but spoken by only 1%-2% of the population); 120 indigenous languages
Ethnic division
Melanesian 94.5%, Polynesian 3%, Micronesian 1.2%, other 1.1%, unspecified 0.2% (1999 census)
HIV/AIDS prevalence rate
NA
Climate
tropical monsoon; few extremes of temperature and weather
Resources
fish, forests, gold, bauxite, phosphates, lead, zinc, nickel
Economy
The bulk of the population depends on agriculture, fishing, and forestry for at least part of its livelihood. Most manufactured goods and petroleum products must be imported. The islands are rich in undeveloped mineral resources such as lead, zinc, nickel, and gold. Prior to the arrival of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI), severe ethnic violence, the closing of key businesses, and an empty government treasury culminated in economic collapse. RAMSI's efforts to restore law and order and economic stability have led to modest growth as the economy rebuilds.
Environment
deforestation; soil erosion; many of the surrounding coral reefs are dead or dying

Cities in Solomon-Islands


National airlines
Solomon Airlinesairline website


Airports in Solomon-Islands
Gwaunaru'uAKS
Avu AvuAVU
Batuna AerodromeBPF
GizoGZO
Henderson InternationalHIR
KirakiraIRA
KukunduKUE
MbambanakiraMBU
MundaMUA
OnepusuONE
ParasiPRS
Ulawa AirportRNA
TarapainaTAA
Suavanao AirstripVAO
BarakomaVEV
YandinaXYA


Beer in Solomon-Islands (0.33l)
Ghizo~ 0.4 EUR

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