The Solomon Islands
The Solomon Islanders comprise diverse cultures, languages, and customs. 93 % are Melanesian, 4% Polynesian, and 1.5% Micronesian. In addition, small numbers of Europeans and Chinese are registered. About 120 vernacular languages are spoken. Most people reside in small, widely dispersed settlements along the coasts. The capital city of Honiara, situated on Guadalcanal, the largest island, has 54, 600 inhabitants. The other principal towns are Gizo, Auki, and Kirakira.