Solomon Islands

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In May the former prime Minister was fined SI$215n in Honiara magistrates Court because of offences at the Solomons' airport. According to the account given to the court he had threatened to blow up a small private aircraft. He was convicted of carrying a lighted cigarette within 15 metres of an aircraft being refuelled and of disorderly conduct and threatening a person.

Kevin Rafferty writing in the 1987 Pacific Business Guide

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Overview: Solomon Islands


The peacekeeping force was scheduled to leave the Solomons in 2013. Meanwhile, despite the apparent return to normality, prosperity remained elusive. The conflict virtually bankrupted the country, leaving hopes for a return to healthy growth rates resting on a resumption of palm oil production and gold mining . The World Bank says the Solomon Islands, one of the Pacific's poorest countries, has been hit by successive global food, fuel and financial crises. In 2009, with a fall in log exports and a major drop in international commodity prices, growth fell to just one per cent. 

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Profile: Solomon Islands

- Timeline

- Political structure

- Population,

- Education  

- Health

- Welfare

- Main cities

- Languages spoken

- Media

- Economy

- Agriculture

- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

- Mining,

- Hydrocarbons

- Energy

- Financial markets

- Banking and insurance

- Time

- Geography

- Climate

- Dress codes

- Entry requirements

- Health (for visitors)

- Hotels

- Credit cards

- Public holidays

- Working hours

- Telecommunications

- Electricity

- Social customs and useful tips

- Security

- Getting there

- Getting about

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: Solomon Islands
Head of State: Queen Elizabeth II, represented by Governor General Frank Kabui (from 7 July 2009)
Head of government: Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare (Independent) (from 9 December 2014)
Ruling party: Coalition led by Democratic Alliance Party (DAP) with Solomon Islands People First Party (SIPFP), Solomon Islands Party for Rural Advancement (SIPRA) and Peoples’ Alliance Party (PAP).
Area: 27,556 square km – Guadalcanal: 5,302 square km
Population: 575,000 (2014)*
Capital: Honiara (on Guadalcanal)
Official language: English
Currency: Solomon Islands dollar (SI$) = 100 cents
Exchange rate: SI$7.97 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$2,009 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 1.49% (2014)*
GDP: US$1.16 billion (2014)*
Inflation: 5.08% (2014)*
Balance of trade: -US$16.45 million (2013)
Foreign debt: US$124.00 million (2012)
* estimated figure

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