Solomon Islands are a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Papua New Guinea. The climate is tropical monsoon with little variation in temperature and weather. The official language is English. Solomon Pidgin, a mixture of Melanesian and English, is the common language. However, almost 100 different languages are spoken throughout the islands. The main religion is Christianity. 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. Expatriate business dress is conservative but not overly formal in the Solomon Islands, generally in the form of a lightweight suit, most often without a tie. The security risk for expatriates in the Solomon Islands is medium. Risks include general crime, as well as political and ethnic violence. Other risks include volcanic activity and earthquakes. The currency of Solomon Islands is the Solomon Islands Dollar (SBD). While ATMs are available in major urban areas not all international cards are accepted. Major credit cards are accepted at some shops and restaurants. Access to banking facilities is challenging in remote areas. Medical facilities are basic with limited hospital facilities and a lack of medical supplies. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. Cases of Zika virus have been reported. Dengue fever and malaria occur. Viral infections are common. The population of the Solomon Islands is 584,000 (2017 est.), while the inflation rate is -1.8% (Mar 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Solomon Islands, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Solomon Islands as at 1 January 2018 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: Average 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: High 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: Low 10) Personal Care: Very High 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very Low 13) Transport: High Solomon Islands is for example 22.8% more expensive than USA for groceries, 1.2% more expensive for household costs than UK, and 128.1% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Solomon Islands for an expat from Australia, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (the Solomon Islands) premium of 30% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Solomon Islands is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Solomon Islands? Register subscribe to your home location and Solomon Islands and run your personalised reports.