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Destination Fiji, a virtual travel guide to the Fiji islands. Here you will find comprehensive information about Fiji in its diversity: geography, economy, science, people, culture, environment, government and history.
You will have access to newspapers from Fiji and you will find extensive travel and tourism information for the Fiji islands .



Ariel island, Fiji
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Republic of the Fiji Islands

Country Profile


Fiji Flag
Flag of Fiji

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

other Melanesian islands: New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu
 

where in the South Pacific is Fiji?

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

ISO Country Code: fj

Time:
Local Time = Summer UTC + 13h
Actual Time: Fri-July-25  04:20

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 kmĀ² ()
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: 860,000 (2010 UN est.)
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 partners: USA 23.7%, Australia 18.4%, UK 13.6%, Samoa 6%, Japan 4.8% (2003)

Imports partners: Australia 35.1%, Singapore 19.2%, New Zealand 17.2%, Japan 4.9% (2003)

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.
 

Fiji News

The CocoNET Wireless
Australia based Pacific Islands News and Information.
hellopacific
Pacific Islands and Fiji News.
fijilive.com
Fiji Islands News.
Fiji Times
Fiji Times online news.
Fijivillage.com
Fiji news.
Pacific Islands Report
Pacific Islands related News.

Radio
Radio Fiji
 

 

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.
 
 

Destination Fiji - Travel and Tour Guides

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.

Fiji Islands
A guide to the Fiji's by the Fiji Visitors Bureau Auckland.
Bula Fiji
Der Reise-Informations-Service der Fidschi-Inseln - Fiji Visitors Bureau Europe.
Fiji A-Z Visitors Guide
A guide to what Fiji has to offer.
Fiji Islands Guide
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.
 

Travel and Tour Consumer Information
 

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.

 
 

Environment

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.
 
 

Search

Pacific Web Guide
South Pacific Web Guide Directory.
Te Puna Web Directory
Fiji Islands related index.


Additional Information on Fiji

BBC News Country Profile: Fiji
Governments on the WWW: Fiji
Open Directory Project: Fiji
Wikipedia: Fiji
The World Factbook -- Fiji
 
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