Solomon Islands, Honiara Cost of Living April 2010

Country Full Name: Solomon Islands.

Location: Solomon Islands are a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Papua New Guinea.

Country Climate: Tropical monsoon; few extremes of temperature and weather.

Country Terrain: Mostly rugged mountains with some low coral atolls.

Major Languages: English (official), Melanesian dialects.

Major Religions: Christianity.

Country Population: 0.5 million (2008 est.) 0.5 million (2009 est.).

Country Economy: The economy of Solomon Islands is that of a lesser developed nation dependent on foreign aid. Over 75% of its labour force is engaged in subsistence farming and fishing.

Currency: Solomon Islands Dollar (SBD).

Country Inflation: 17.2% (2008 est.) 8.0% (2009 est.).

City: Honiara is the capital of the Solomon Islands.

City Economy: Honiara industry consists of several beverage factories and a cookie factory. Major exports are timber, coconuts, copra and fish. Honiara International Airport is located about 10 kilometers outside the city.

Cost of Living: Honiara has an overall cost of living index which equates it with high cost of living locations. The overall cost of living index is comprised of the prices for defined quantities of the same goods and services across all 13 Basket Groups. Honiara is currently ranked 17 overall, most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live, out of 282 international locations.

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