The World Bank's projects and operations are designed to support low-income and middle-income countries' poverty reduction strategies.Countries develop strategies around a range of reforms and investments likely to improve people's lives from universal education to passable roads, from quality health care to improved governance and inclusive economic growth.However, it should be understood that information contained therein may not necessarily reflect all information made available to the Division, although it is revised and updated continuously.This material is for information purposes only, and the United Nations assumes no liability whatsoever with regard to the accuracy of the data.There are also small numbers of Chinese and Europeans and of Gilbertese from Micronesia who were resettled on Ghizo and Vaghena islands between 19 by British administrators seeking to alleviate overpopulation in the Gilbert Islands (now Kiribati). English is the official language, but Pijin, an English-based Melanesian pidgin, is the language that is most widely used and understood.Almost all Solomon Islanders are Christian; most are Protestant (mainly Church of Melanesia [Anglican]), with smaller numbers of Roman Catholics and members of other denominations. Civil unrest in the late 1990s and early 21st century, including a coup in 2000, led to the near collapse of the country’s economy.It consists of a double chain of volcanic islands and coral atolls in Melanesia.
The Santa Cruz Islands are a group of small islands located some 345 miles (555 km) east of Guadalcanal; the largest island in the group is Nendö (also called Ndeni Island or Santa Cruz Island).In the early 21st century the service sector employed the majority of the active workforce and contributed almost half of the country’s gross domestic product.Tourism has been developed but is not a major source of income.Damage to infrastructure on Guadalcanal resulted, disrupting transportation, commerce, and agriculture, and many enterprises were forced out of business.The 2007 earthquakes and tsunami caused further economic setbacks.
The principal airport is Honiara International Airport, although there are several airfields throughout the islands that may also serve as international points of entry.