Visale Beach west Guadalcanal
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Melanesian pidgin; English is official but spoken by only 1-2% of the population; note: 120 indigenous languages - Solomon Islands dollar (SBD)
Area28,450 sq km
Electricity240V/50Hz (Australian plug)
Governmentparliamentary democracy tending toward anarchy
Population494,786 (July 2002 est.)
ReligionAnglican 45%, Roman Catholic 18%, United (Methodist/Presbyterian) 12%, Baptist 9%, Seventh-day Adventist 7%, other Protestant 5%, indigenous beliefs 4%
TimezoneUTC +11