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Solomon Islands

Geography and demographics

Solomon Islands is a South Pacific country comprised of over 900 coral atolls. Located northwest of Vanuatu and East of Papua New Guinea, its land covers approximately 28,400 km2. It has a population of 540,000 people, and Honiara, the capital, is its most populous city. English is the country’s official language, however most people speak Solomon Pijin.


The Solomons became independent in 1978, but remain a Commonwealth country today, with Queen Elizabeth as the Head of State. The country has 50 members of parliament, elected every four years, whose majority elect the Prime Minister.


The economy of the Solomons is largely based on the export of commodities. This includes timber, fish, palm oil, cocoa and timber. Tourism is an important service industry, and the agricultural sector is also significant. The country’s currency is the Solomon Islands Dollar.


From beautiful beaches to rich history, there is much to see and do in Solomon Islands. Its culture dates back thousands of years, with ancient ceremonial sites and WWII relics. Often called “the Amazon of the oceans”, the Solomons’ dense jungle and mountains make for ideal trekking and exploration. For more relaxation time, the many islands and beaches offer a number of eco-lodges and resorts to suit all kinds of travellers. Other activities include kayaking, swimming, snorkelling, diving and surfing.

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Lorraine Satorara

Lorraine Satorara is the focal point for POLHN in the Solomon Islands. She works as the chief training officer for the Ministry of Health & Medical Services within the Human Resource Department.






General Information

Official Name Solomon Islands
Capital Honiara
Official Languages English
Area 28,400 km2
Population 599,419
Currency Solomon Island dollar

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