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Solomon Islands

Flag of the Solomon Islands
Flag
Motto: "To Lead is to Serve"
Anthem: God Save Our Solomon Islands
Location of the Solomon Islands
Capital
and largest city
Honiara
Official languages English
Ethnic groups
(1999)
Melanesian 94.5%
Polynesian 3%
Micronesian 1.2%
other 1.1%
unspecified 0.2%
Demonym(s) Solomon Islander
Government Constitutional monarchy and parliamentary system
• Monarch
Elizabeth II
• Governor General
Frank Kabui
• Prime Minister
Manasseh Sogavare
Independence
• from the United Kingdom
7 July 1978
Area
• Total
28,400 km2 (11,000 sq mi) (142nd)
• Water (%)
3.2%
Population
• 2009 estimate
523,000 (170th)
• Density
18.1/km2 (46.9/sq mi) (189th)
GDP (PPP) 2009 estimate
• Total
$1.514 billion
• Per capita
$2,818
GDP (nominal) 2009 estimate
• Total
$657 million
• Per capita
$1,223
HDI (2011) Steady 0.510
low · 142nd
Currency Solomon Islands dollar (SBD)
Time zone UTC+11
Driving side left
Calling code +677
ISO 3166 code SB
Internet TLD .sb

The Solomon Islands are a group of islands in the South Pacific. They are known for their beauty and for the many languages spoken there. The capital of the Solomon Islands is Honiara.

Provinces

Solomon Islands 1989
Provinces of the Solomon Islands, as of 1989 (click to enlarge).

The country is divided into nine provinces and the town of Honiara.

  1. Central
  2. Choiseul
  3. Guadalcanal
  4. Isabel
  5. Makira-Ulawa
  6. Malaita
  7. Rennell and Bellona
  8. Temotu
  9. Western
  10. Honiara City

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