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Aerial view of islands in the Mamanuca chain, Fiji
Aerial view of the islands in the Mamanuca chain, a popular tourist destination in Fiji.
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Flag of Fiji
Location map of Fiji. Where in the South Pacific is Fiji?
Location map of Fiji
Destination Fiji, a virtual guide to the island group in the South Pacific Ocean about 3,000 km east of Australia and 2,000 km north of New Zealand.

The archipelago consists of a group of more than 330 islands, of which about one hundred are inhabited. The two major islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. Highest point is an extinct volcano known as Mount Tomanivi (Toamiivi; 1,324 m) on Viti Levu. The archipelago enjoys a tropical marine climate with only slight seasonal temperature variations.

The island group covers a land area of 18 274 km², this is about twice the size of Cyprus or slightly smaller than the US state of New Jersey.


Fiji has a population of about 870,000 people (in 2015), almost three-quarters of the population live on the island of Viti Levu where also the country's capital Suva is located. Spoken languages are English (official), iTaukei (Fijian) and Fiji Hindi.

Other Melanesian islands are: New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.



Republic of the Fiji Islands


Country Profile



Background:
Fiji comprises of approximately 330 islands, about one - third are inhabited. It covers about 1.3 million square kilometers of the South Pacific Ocean. The two major islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.
After nearly a century as British colony, Fiji became independent in 1970.
Today Fiji has one of the most developed economies of the Pacific islands.

related countries: United Kingdom
 
 

Official Name:
Republic of the Fiji Islands
short form: Fiji

ISO Country Code: fj, fij

Time:
Local Time = Summer UTC + 13h
Actual Time: Fri-July-21  11:41

Country Calling Code: +679

Capital City: Suva on the island of Viti Levu (pop. 167,000)

Government:
Type: Parliamentary Democracy.
Independence (from U.K.): 10 October 1970.
Constitution: July 1997 (suspended May 2000, reaffirmed March 2001).

Geography:
Location: Oceania, island group in the South Pacific Ocean.
Area: 18,333 km² ()
Terrain: Mostly mountains of volcanic origin or varied, dense tropical forest.

Climate:
Tropical maritime; only slight seasonal temperature variation.

People:
Nationality: Noun--Fiji Islander;
adjective--Fiji
Population: 870,000 (in 2015)
GNI per capita PPP: $ 6 282 (year)
Ethnic groups: Indigenous Fijian 54%, Indo-Fijian 40%.
Religion: Christian 52% (Methodist and Roman Catholic), Hindu 33%, Muslim 7%.
Languages: English (official), Fijian, Hindi.
Literacy: 93%.

Natural resources: Timber, fish, gold, copper, offshore oil potential, hydropower.

Agriculture products: Sugarcane, coconuts, cassava (tapioca), rice, sweet potatoes, bananas; cattle, pigs, horses, goats; fish.

Industries: Tourism, sugar, clothing, copra, gold, silver, lumber, small cottage industries.

Exports - commodities: sugar, garments, gold, timber, fish, molasses, coconut oil, mineral water

Exports - partners: USA 13.4%, Australia 10.2%, Samoa 6.7%, Tonga 5.9% (2015)

Imports - commodities: manufactured goods, machinery and transport equipment, petroleum products, food, chemicals

Imports - partners: China 16.2%, South Korea 15.7%, New Zealand 14%, Australia 13.4%, Singapore 8.7%, France 7% (2015)

Currency: Fijian Dollar (FJD)



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Official Sites of Fiji

Fiji Government
The Official Fiji Goverment Site.

Native Land Trust Board
The primary role of the Board is to administer native land for the benefit of the indigenous landowner.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade
Fiji's conduit to the world.

Diplomatic Missions
Fiji's Permanent Representative to the United Nations
The official site of Fiji's mission to the UN.
Embassy of the Republic of Fiji Islands in the U.S.
Fiji's Embassy in Washington D.C.
Fiji Missions Overseas
List of Fiji's overseas missions.
High Commission of the Republic of the Fiji Islands to New Zealand
Provides information on Fiji Islands.

Intergovernmental organisations
Pacific Islands Forum
Inter-governmental organization for the cooperation between the countries of the Pacific Ocean.
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)
Intergovernmental organisation of the Pacific islands.

Weather
Fiji Meteorological Service
Weather forecasting and tropical cyclone warning services.


Maps

Fiji Map
Shaded Relief Map of Fiji.
Google Earth Google Earth Fiji
Searchable map/satellite view of Fiji.
Google Earth Google Earth Suva
Searchable satellite view of Suva on the island of Viti Levu.

Map of Melanesia
Map of the Island States of Melanesia.

profile Oceania Map
Reference Map of Oceania and the Pacific Islands.


Government buildings in Suva, Fiji.
Image: Stephen Rees
 

News


Fiji News

fijilive.com
Fiji Islands News.
Fiji Times
Fiji Times online news.
Fijivillage.com
Fiji news.
Pacific Islands Report
Pacific Islands related News.
Pacific Islands News Association - PINA
Pacific Islands and Fiji News.

Radio
Radio Fiji
 

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Arts & Culture


Fiji Museum
The museum provides information on the history of Fiji and the surrounding South Pacific region.
Pacific Islands Radio
Music from the South Pacific islands.
Polynesian Cultural Center: Fiji
Hawaii based Polynesian Cultural Center's page about Fiji's culture.
 

Business & Economy


Reserve Bank of Fiji
South Pacific Stock Exchange

Fiji Trade & Investment Board

__Transportation
Air Fiji
Fiji's largest domestic carrier serves 13 exotic island destinations.
Air Pacific
Fiji's (inter)national airline.
 
 
Shangri-La's Fijian Resort, Viti Levu
Shangri-La's Fijian Resort & Spa, a luxury resort on its very own island, connected to the mainland of Viti Levu by a causeway.
Image: Maksym Kozlenko


Travel and Tour Consumer Information


Destination Fiji - Travel and Tour Guides


Discover Fiji: Volcanic Mamanuca Islands; Denarau Island (resort island); Nananu-i-Ra (white-sand beaches, mangroves, and offshore reefs); Kula Eco Park (kind of artificial, nice for kids); Sri Siva Subramaniya temple (smaller than expected Hindu temple); Fiji Museum (within Thurston Gardens in Suva); Mount Tomanivi (highest mountain in Fiji); Yasawa (outer island chain of volcanic origin)


Fiji Visitors Bureau
Fiji Islands Travel & Accommodation Guide.

Savusavu Tourism Association
A guide to Savusavu, Fiji's other big island.

South Pacific Tourism Organisation
Inter-governmental body for the tourism sector in the South Pacific Islands: find information on: Accommodation, Activities, Online Bookings and News.

Bula Fiji
Another Fiji vacation and travel guide.
Fiji A-Z Visitors Guide
A guide to what Fiji has to offer.
Fiji Islands Guide
And more Fiji islands travel information.
Finding Fiji
South Pacific islands information on Fiji, by veteran traveler David Stanley.
Rob Kay's Fiji Islands Travel Guide
Travel guide for the Fiji Group.

South Pacific Tourism Organisation
Inter-governmental body for the tourism sector in the South Pacific Islands, find information on: accommodation, activities, online bookings and news.

Resorts
Nukubati Fiji Island Resort
Nukubati, a small luxury private island resort in the style of colonial plantation, close to Vanua Levu.

Travel advice
Travel advice for Fiji Islands
Travel advice for Fiji Islands by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia.
 
 

Education


University of the South Pacific
Premier institution of tertiary education in the Pacific region, jointly owned by the governments of twelve island countries, USP is an international centre of excellence for teaching, research and consulting on all aspects of Pacific life.

University of the South Pacific Libraries
The Main Library of the University of the South Pacific based at Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji.

 
 
Monuriki island, Fiji
Monuriki is an uninhabited small island off the coast of Viti Levu.
Image: KhufuOsiris

Environment & Nature


Stockholm Challenge Award Pacific Environmental Information Network (PEIN)
A people-people information network that utilises IT tools to assist in strengthening national capacity for environmental protection and sustainable development of the Pacific island states and territories in general and the Pacific ACP states in particular.
South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
The Pacific region's major intergovernmental organisation charged with protecting and managing the environment and natural resources.
 
 

History


Fiji Land claims
A brief history of the land in Fiji and the Native Land Trust Board.
 
 

Sources and additional Information on Fiji


Amnesty International: Fiji

BBC News Country Profile: Fiji

FAO: Fiji

globalEDGE: Fiji

OEC: Fiji

Reporters Without Borders: Fiji

Wikipedia: Fiji

The World Factbook -- Fiji
 
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Other island territories and states in the South Pacific:
American Samoa | Kiribati | New Caledonia| Papua New Guinea | Samoa
Solomon Islands | Tahiti | Tonga | Tuvalu | Vanuatu
 
 
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