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Solomon Islands People

    Population: 455,429 (July 1999 est.)

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 45% (male 103,844; female 99,972)
    15-64 years: 52% (male 120,518; female 117,298)
    65 years and over: 3% (male 6,808; female 6,989) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 3.18% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 35.92 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 4.11 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Net migration rate: 0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 1.03 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.97 male(s)/female
    total population: 1.03 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 23 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 72.09 years
    male: 69.55 years
    female: 74.75 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 4.96 children born/woman (1999 est.)

    Nationality:
    noun: Solomon Islander(s)
    adjective: Solomon Islander

    Ethnic groups: Melanesian 93%, Polynesian 4%, Micronesian 1.5%, European 0.8%, Chinese 0.3%, other 0.4%

    Religions: Anglican 34%, Roman Catholic 19%, Baptist 17%, United (Methodist/Presbyterian) 11%, Seventh-Day Adventist 10%, other Protestant 5%, traditional beliefs 4%

    Languages: Melanesian pidgin in much of the country is lingua franca, English spoken by 1%-2% of population
    note: 120 indigenous languages

    Literacy: NA

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