The Solomon Islands lie in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Papua New Guinea. The combined area of the Solomon Islands is approximately 27,500 sq km, with 5,313 km of coastline. The Solomon Islands’ terrain mostly consists of rugged mountains with some low coral atolls. The country is divided into 9 provinces (Central, Choiseul, Guadalcanal, Isabel, Makira, Malaita, Rennell and Bellona, Temotu and Western) and 1 capital territory (Honiara). Honiara is the capital, with a time difference of 11 hours ahead of GMT. The currency is the Solomon Islands dollar, and exports include timber, fish, palm oil and kernels and copra. The population of approximately 596,000 people comprises an ethnic makeup that is 94.5 Melanesian. The primary languages are English and Melanesian dialects, and the predominant religion is Christianity.