• Capital: Honiara
    • On the island and province of Guadalcanal

Facts

  • Population: 600,000
  • Major languages: English (official), Melanesian dialects
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 69 years (men), 72 years (women)
  • Currency Solomon: Islands dollar

Geography

  • Area 27,556 sq km (10,639 sq miles)
  • A nation of hundreds of islands in the South Pacific, south-east of Papua New Guinea.

Notes

  • The country is recovering from civil unrest between rival groups from 1998-2003 that brought it to the brink of collapse. An Australian-brokered peace deal was signed in October 2000. But lawlessness continued and an Australian-led multinational peacekeeping force arrived in July 2003, ending in 2017.
  • Important WWII battles for control of the Pacific occurred here against the Japanese.

Overlanding

  • Very little opportunity to overland in the islands.

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