Jul
10
2007
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The Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands

• The Solomon Islands are located to the north-east of Australia.
• They form a Pacific state made up of around 1,000 islands.
• The country is a member of the Commonwealth but became independent in 1978.
• Much of the state has been affected by five years of civil war (1998 – 2003).
• Unemployment is high and poverty is widespread.
• Fishing, forestry and mining are important to the economy.
• English is the official language but most of the population speaks Melanesian Pidgin.
• The population at the last census in 2006 was 552,438.
• 60% of children leave school without secondary school education.