Solomon Islands

Languages:

English 

Time zone:

(UTC+11) 

Electricity:

240V 50Hz 

Area:

28,400 sq km 

Population:

642,000 (2015 estimate) 

Currency:

Solomon Islands dollar (SBD) 

Religion:

Christian 

Government:

Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy 

Phone code:

+677 

Solomon Islands's flag Flag of Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands is a sovereign country consisting of six major islands and over 900 smaller islands in Oceania lying to the east of Papua New Guinea and northwest of Vanuatu and covering a land area of 28,400 square kilometres (11,000 sq mi). The country's capital, Honiara, is located on the island of Guadalcanal. The country takes its name from the Solomon Islands archipelago, which is a collection of Melanesian islands that also includes the North Solomon Islands (part of Papua New Guinea), but excludes outlying islands, such as Rennell and Bellona, and the Santa Cruz Islands.
The islands have been inhabited for thousands of years. In 1568, the Spanish navigator Álvaro de Mendaña was the first European to visit them, naming them the Islas Salomón.