Solomon Islands

FORUM MEMBERSHIP: 1978

INDEPENDENCE DAY: 7 July 1978

CAPITAL: Honiara

AREA: 27.9 thousand sq km

EEZ: 1.6 million sq km

POPULATION: 588,000 (2015)

LANGUAGE: English, Pijin, local languages

CURRENCY: Solomon Islands dollar

ECONOMY: Agriculture, fisheries and forestry

STATUS: Constitutional monarchy under HM Queen Elizabeth II

HEAD OF STATE: HM Queen Elizabeth II represented by Governor-General HE Sir Frank Ofagioro Kabui

HEAD OF GOVERNMENT: Prime Minister The Hon Rick Houenipwela

WEBSITE: www.parliament.gov.sb