Country: Solomon Islands

Population: 566,842

Capital: Honiara

Time Zone: UTC+11

Currency Name: Solomon Islands dollar (SBD)

Government Type: parliamentary democracy

Languages: 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 Breakdown: Melanesian 94.5%, Polynesian 3%, Micronesian 1.2%, other 1.1%, unspecified 0.2%

Religion: Church of Melanesia 32.8%, Roman Catholic 19%, South Seas Evangelical 17%, Seventh-Day Adventist 11.2%, United Church 10.3%, Christian Fellowship Church 2.4%, other Christian 4.4%, other 2.4%, unspecified 0.3%, none 0.2%

Major Cities: Honiara

Phone Country Code: 677

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Official Tourism Website:

High Travel Season: no peak season

Voltage: 240 V - 50 Hz

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Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), Easter, June 10 (Queen's Official Birthday), August 4 (Weasel Stomping Day), July 14 (Cameron's Birthday), December 25 (Christmas Day), December 26 (National Day of Thanksgiving)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: There are no navigable rivers on the Solomon Islands.