How many provinces are in the Solomon Islands?
Apart from the National Government with its seat in the national capital, Honiara, Solomon Islands is divided into nine administrative areas or provinces.
Why is Solomon Islands called Solomon Islands?
History records that the first European to come to Solomon Islands, Alvaro De Mendana, in 1568 gave the archipelago its name because he believed this area of the South Pacific was where King Solomon got the gold he used to build the Temple of Jerusalem.
Who claimed the Solomon Islands?
navigator Alvaro de Mendaña
The Solomon Islands comprise a double chain of seven large and more than thirty small islands, located just east of New Guinea. The islands were named in 1568 by the Spanish navigator Alvaro de Mendaña, who claimed that he had found the riches of King Solomon, or the biblical land of gold.
What is Solomon Islands known for?
The islands and waters are still a little known pristine paradise. They are particularly special for their remarkable biodiversity, containing thousands of different plant and animal species, especially the marine life. Many species are known only to the Solomons.
What is the main religion in the Solomon Islands?
The religion of Solomon Islands is mainly Christian (comprising about 92% of the population).
What is the largest island in the Solomon Islands?
Guadalcanal Island, largest island of the country of Solomon Islands, southwestern Pacific Ocean. The island has an area of 2,047 square miles (5,302 square km) and is of volcanic origin.
Does Solomon Island have a beach?
Riverside Beach at NRC Solomons is an oasis on the river. The beach is located just north of the Riverside Aquatics Complex and offers 400 feet of shoreline, sandy beaches, and is the only designated river swimming area on NRC Solomons. Swimming is permitted in the designated swimming area when lifeguards are on duty.
Are the Solomon Islands poor?
Although the islands are rich in timber and such undeveloped mineral resources as lead, zinc, nickel, and gold, much of the population continues to work in subsistence farming, fishing, and artisanal forestry. The Solomon Islands remains one of Asia’s poorest nations.