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Solomon Islands Country Profile
Note: All figures are 2003 unless stated otherwise.


Area 28,450 sq km
Capital Honiara
Currency Solomon Islands dollar
Population (2002) 443,000
Population Growth Rate 2.83%
Birth Rate 32.45 births/1,000 population
Death Rate 4.12 deaths/1,000 population
Infant Mortality Rate 22.88 deaths/1,000 live births
Life Expectancy at Birth 72.1 years
Ethnic Groups Melanesian 93%, Polynesian 4%, Micronesian 1.5%, European 0.8%, Chinese 0.3%, other 0.4%
Religions Anglican 45%, Roman Catholic 18%, United (Methodist/Presbyterian) 12%, Baptist 9%, Seventh-Day Adventist 7%, other Protestant 5%, indigenous beliefs 4%
Languages Melanesian pidgin in much of the country is lingua franca; English is official but spoken by only 1%-2% of the population (note: 120 indigenous languages)
Literacy ?
GNI per capita* (2002) $570
Population Below Poverty Line ?
Industries fish (tuna), mining, timber
Debt - external (1998) $152 million
* Gross National Income in United States dollars per citizen.