|Flag||Coat of Arms|
|Monarch||Queen Elizabeth II|
|Prime minister||Manasseh Sogavare|
|Area||10,965 sq. miles|
|GDP 2011||$1.725 billion|
|GDP per capita||$3,191|
|Currency||Solomon Islands dollar|
The Solomon Islands are northeast of Australia. Its Melanesian population of half a million people live on some 990 islands.
The island chain was a major focus of fighting in World War II between American and Japanese forces.