Solomon Islands

Key Country Facts

Population: 642,000
Historical & Interesting Facts:

The name comes from King Solomon de Mendana, the nephew of a former Peruvian governor!

Other Information:

Top exports: copra and palm oil, with the island also having lots of minerals such as zinc, iron, nickel, and gold

The tropical Solomon Islands temperatures are wet and warm year-round. The name comes from King Solomon de Mendana, the nephew of a former Peruvian governor.

About 642,000 (2005) live here. The islands gained independence in 1978 from Britain and have a similar government to England’s. The main language is English and the main religion is Christianity. Its primary exports are copra and palm oil, with the island also having lots of minerals such as zinc, iron, nickel, and gold. Timber used to be a primary export but the forests are now overexploited. The time zone is 16 hours ahead of EST.

I will be spending time in Honiara, the capital. Here is where travelers can experience beaches, diving in the coral atolls, shopping in local markets, and visiting various museums and WWII battlegrounds.

Some unusual facts are that despite English being the main language, about 120 different dialects are spoken throughout the islands. Another strange fact is that 5-10% of inhabitants have blond hair from a gene found in Northern Europe, yet the gene occurred spontaneously and was not passed down from Europeans. For those who want to visit multiple continents, the islands are also only 3 hours from Sydney, Australia by plane.

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173

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