Solomon Islands Education
Spread out along the equator, the Solomon Islands experience a tropical monsoonal climate all year round. The mean temperature is 27 C and humidity ranges between 70%and 90%. Annual rainfall is high, ranging from 2000 millimetres to 3000 millimetres. Most rain falls between November and April. Cyclones occur regularly during the summer months.
Pijin is also referred to as Kanaka and is a language spoken in the Solomon Islands. It is closely related to Tok Pisin of Papua New Guinea; Bislama of Vanuatu; and Torres Strait Creole of the Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia and is written in the Latin alphabet.
The dollar (ISO 4217 code: SBD) is the currency of the Solomon Islands since 1977. It is normally abbreviated with the dollar sign "$" or, alternatively "SI$" to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies. It is subdivided into 100 cents.
The population of Solomon Islands in 2003 was estimated by the United Nations at 477, 000, which placed it as number 161 in population among the 193 nations of the world. In that year approximately 3% of the population was over 65 years of age, with another 43% of the population under 15 years of age.
Honiara, population 49, 107 (1999 census), 78, 190 (2009 estimate), is the capital of the Solomon Islands and of Guadalcanal Province, although it is a separately administered town.