Honiara is the capital of the Solomon Islands. 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 kilometres outside the city. 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 Honiara is 78,000 (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is -1.8% (Mar 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Honiara, 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): Honiara as at 1 October 2017 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: High 2) Clothing: High 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: Very Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: Low 8) Household Accommodation: Very High 9) Miscellaneous: Average 10) Personal Care: Very Low 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very Low 13) Transport: Low Honiara is for example 66.7% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 122.3% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 2% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Honiara for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Honiara) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Honiara 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 Honiara? Register subscribe to your home location and Honiara and run your personalised reports.