50 Fascinating Facts About Solomon Islands

In the South Pacific Ocean, the Solomon Islands are a group of islands that give divers a wide range of options. White beaches and stunning vistas make it one of the world's most unusual holiday destinations. However, these aren't the only attractions the islands provide to keep tourists entertained. Even before World War II, these islands were a world-famous tourist destination because in large part to their secluded inhabitants and their unique customs and traditions, which are reflected in their brilliant blue seas and their abundance of coral and marine life. Here are some fascinating facts about the country!

Fascinating Facts

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Around half of the Solomon Islands' 900 islands are still uninhabited.
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A group of islands in Oceania, the Solomon Islands, are sovereign states. Nearly 1000 tiny islands, atolls and reefs make up the group.
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In the South Pacific, the Solomon Islands are the third-largest archipelago.
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Between 2000 and 1600 BC, the Lapita people arrived in the Solomon Islands.
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As Mendana believed there to be gold on the islands, he dubbed them Solomon's Mines.
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"The Happy Isles" was the colloquial name for the protectorate.
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Scuba divers flock to the islands because of the large number of WWII shipwrecks and submarines.
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The president and ten other survivors swam to Plum Pudding Island, which was uninhabited at the time. It has been named Kennedy Island.
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Blue triangles signify water's importance, while green triangles represent trees and crops, split by a yellow diagonal band that symbolizes the sun in the national flag. The five white stars in the upper corner represent the country's original five provinces.
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The Malaitan Eagle Force kidnapped Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa'alu in 2000. He was obliged to quit as a result.
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The Solomon Islands were among several Pacific islands targeted by "blackbirding" in the late 1800s. People were kidnapped and forced to work on plantations in Fiji and Australia as "blackbirds."
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The coat of arms of the Solomon Islands has a shield surrounded by a crocodile and a shark, respectively. Below the phrase "To Lead Is to Serve," the message is clear: Eagle, turtle, battle shield, and combat spears are all shown on the shield.
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During a visit to the Solomon Islands in 2019, the Prince of Wales "delighted" a gathering of Solomon Islanders by speaking to them in their native pidgin.
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It was discovered in the Solomon Islands in 2017 that a new species of a gigantic rat could open coconuts with its teeth. In 2015, a monster dropped from a tree while chopped down, proving that the creature was real for the first time in decades.
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The biggest elevated coral atoll in the world, Rennell Island in the Solomon Islands, is 86 kilometers long and 15 kilometers broad.
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A group of Papuan-speaking hunter-gatherers from New Guinea were the original inhabitants of the Solomon Islands. Before the arrival of the Austronesian-speaking early Melanesians around 4000BC, they had been living on the islands for as long as 50,000 years.
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A Spanish adventurer, Alvaro de Mendana, was the first European to visit the islands in 1568.
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The British colonized the Solomon Islands in the early 19th century. In 1893, the British government designated the Solomon Islands to be a protectorate.
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Japan conquered the Solomon Islands in 1942 during World War II. During the Battle of Guadalcanal, there was a lot of fighting.
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While imprisoned in the Solomon Islands in 1943, US President John F. Kennedy displayed a coconut shell in his Oval Office as a memento of his ordeal. Eroni Kumana and Biuku Gasa, two Solomon Islanders, rescued him after his boat sank.
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Before complete independence in 1978, the Solomon Islands became self-governing 1976.
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Armed conflict broke out between Guadalcanal and Malaita Island militants in the Solomon Islands from 1998 to 2003, resulting in the situation known as "the tensions".
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Peacekeeping forces from Australia were sent to the Solomon Islands in 2003. It remained till 2017 after 14 years.
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Between 1870 and 1910, an estimated 30,000 workers from the Solomon Islands were sent to Fiji and Queensland, Australia, to work on plantations.
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Despite its status as an official language, English is barely spoken by about 1-2 per cent of the country's total population.
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Only 22 countries lack a standing army, including the Solomon Islands.
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There are 173 species in the Solomon Islands, 69 of which are endemic, meaning they can only be found in the Solomon Islands.
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As many as 230 types of orchids can be found in the Solomon Islands.
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The Solomon Islands has a total population of 611,343, making it the 168th most populated country in the world as of 2017.
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Anglo-American English is recognized as the official language of the British Virgin Islands (BVI). This language is spoken by only a few per cent of the population. There are 74 indigenous languages spoken in the Solomon Islands.
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Solomon Island has a steep terrain with a lot of forest cover. Mount Popomanaseu, a volcanic mountain rising 2,335 meters above sea level, is the country's highest point.
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The length of the Solomon Islands' coastline is 5,313 kilometers. The island's bulk is made up of pristine coral reefs, sandy beaches, and tropical vegetation.
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Blonde hair is seen in 5% to 10% of the population. Although European settlers did not introduce them, genes in Northern Europe are the same as those in Oceania.
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Papua New Guinea includes the island of Bougainville, which is technically part of the Solomon Islands.
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East Rennell, a coral atoll in the Solomon Islands, is the world's most considerable elevated coral.
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The Solomon Islands are home to about 120 distinct dialects.
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Named after King Solomon de Mendana, nephew of Governor of Peru, Solomon Islands are known as "Solomon Islands."
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Honiara, the country's capital, may be found on Guadacanal Island.
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Solomon Island Dollar ($SBD) is the local currency, and cash is king in the Solomon Islands.
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Domestic transit in the Solomon Islands will rely heavily on small aircraft and dug-out canoes.
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Visa-free entry is available to nationals of over 72 countries. Therefore, you won't need one to visit the Solomon Islands.
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December and February and June and September are the ideal months to visit the Solomon Islands.
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The Solomon Islands are generally safe. It's possible to be targeted by pickpockets and even violent robbers in Honiara (the capital city).
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Melanesian is the primary ethnic group of Pacific Islanders in the Solomon Islands.
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A wide range of Customs and cultural distinctions exist in the Solomon Islands, affected by familial, kinship and clan relationships.
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Visiting the Solomon Islands is like going back in time since the islands are crammed with history.
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One of the world's most active undersea volcanoes may be found in the Solomon Islands' underwater terrain.
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In the United States, there are no age-based norms for maturity and adulthood.
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Volcanic islands and coral atolls make up the Solomon Islands' double chain.
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Divers go to the Solomon Islands because it is one of the best places in the world to go diving.

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