Ethnicity, Language, & Religion of the Solomon Islands
Nearly everyone in Solomon Islands is Melanesian,
which is an ethnic group found on these islands as well as in some neighboring countries,
including Vanuatu and Papua New
Guinea. The Melanesians are likely the descendants of the Papuans and Austronesians,
but each group of Melanesians has slight genetic variations from the next.
English is the official language in Solomon Islands,
but the language of communication is truly Melanesian pidgin or "Pijin."
This language was created when many Solomon Islanders traveled to
Australia or other countries and created a creole language that incorporates
English with numerous languages of the South Pacific, most often Melanesian languages.
Today this is the most widely used language in Solomon Islands and it is similar
to Tok Pisin (in Papua New Guinea) and Bislama
(in Vanuatu) as all three are creoles based on English and