What Are Solomon Islands Famous/Known For?
Home to Numerous Islands
The Solomon Islands lie to the south-east of Papua New Guinea and to the north-west of Vanuatu. It covers a land mass of 28,400 sqkm (11,000 square miles) with a population of approximately 599,419 in the 2016 Census. The capital of Solomon Islands, Honiara is situated on Guadalcanal Island. When we think of what paradise looks like, the Solomon Islands come pretty close to what we imagine. Below you’ll find out 10 interesting things these mountainous islands are famous for. The island country is home to six (6) major islands and more than 900 smaller Islands within Oceania. These main Islands include Santa Isabel, New Georgia, Guadalcanal, Choiseul, San Cristóbal, and Malaita. Like drops of perfection in the ocean, when seen from above, these islands look absolutely breathtaking. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
Technically a Christian nation
Currently, 95 percent of Solomon Island’s population is Christian. The main churches that are attended by the indigenes are Anglican, Catholic, South Seas Evangelical Church, Methodist, and Seventh Day Adventist. Other newly opened churches on the Island are Jehovah’s Witness, Baha’i Faith, Baptist Church, and Assembly of God. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
Though English is the country’s official language, most people are unable to communicate in the queen’s language effectively. The lingua franca of Solomon Islands is Pijin. The indigenes also speak other local different languages (over 80) and dialects. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
About 10% of the population on Solomon Island has blond hair. This hair color had stirred up curiosity over the years, and studies that were done afterward explained the reason for the blond gene. The hair trait is caused by the change of protein of an amino acid (TYRP1). About 10% of the indigenes show the blond phenotype, while 26% of the country’s populations are carriers of the recessive trait. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
Always on the Radio
The use of radio is very common among the people of the Island because of the differences in Language as well as illiteracy. Solomon Islands has two commercial FM stations, namely Z FM at 99.5 in Honiara and PAOA FM at 97.7 in Honiara, as well as a community FM radio station known as Gold Ridge FM on 88.7. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
About 94.5% of the Island’s population is Melanesian. Other popular ethnic groups include Polynesian 3%, Micronesian 1.2%. There are also a few ethnic Chinese groups in the country. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
The Island country has its own national beach soccer team known as the Bilikiki Boys. Statistically, they are the most successful beach soccer team in Oceania as they have won all the three regional championships up till this moment. In 2010, the Bilikiki Boys team ranked 14th in the world. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
Palm kernels, palm oil, cocoa, timber, dried coconut (copra), and fish majorly contributes to the economy of Solomon Islands as they are exported to various European and Asian countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Singapore, Japan, and Thailand. Other products such as precious stones, beer, and wooden are also exported but in smaller quantity. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
Tourism and Beaches
Tourism is fast rising in the Solomon Islands as the country is endowed with incredible landscapes including wonderful wild animals and plants, lakes and lagoons as well as beaches. It offers a nice site for scuba diving. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
The Lifestyle of The Locals
The villagers depend on fishing and agriculture as their main source of livelihood. The locals are generally humble, honest, and very friendly.