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|Cities Solomon Islands
country code: SB
continent: Australia, Oceania
languages: Melanesian, English
EU membership: no
NATO membership: no
GPS: 8 00 S, 159 00 E
Solomon Islands Dollar: SBD
1SBD = 0.136 USD
1SBD = 0.108 EUR
From wikipedia about Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands () is a sovereign state in Oceania, east of Papua New Guinea
, consisting of nearly one thousand islands. It covers a land mass of 28, 400 square kilometres (10, 965 square miles). The capital, Honiara, is located on the island of Guadalcanal. The nation of the Solomon Islands
is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.
The Solomon Islands
are believed to have been inhabited by Melanesian people for many thousands of years. Spanish navigator Alvaro de Mendaña was the first European to arrive in Solomon Islands
in 1568 and named them Islas Salomon. The United Kingdom
established a protectorate over the Solomon Islands
in 1893. In the Second World War there was fierce fighting between the Americans and the Japanese in the Solomon Islands
campaign of 1942–45, including the Battle of Guadalcanal.
Self-government was achieved in 1976 and independence two years later. The Solomon Islands
is a constitutional monarchy with the Queen of the Solomon Islands
, at present Elizabeth II, as the head of state. Danny Philip is the tenth and current Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands
. He was elected on August 2010.
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