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About Fiji

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Snapshot of Fiji

The Fiji Islands is one of the most stunningly beautiful countries in the world you can visit: sublime sun, tropical white-sand beaches, coconut palms,lush green hills, and tropical rainforests. Not to mention the most hospitable people on the planet; Hence why so many idolize to come here.

World renown for 'Fiji time' culture and its landscape, Fiji holidays become unequivocal to any other. When you combine this laidback lifestyle with our adventurous outlook you start to see why Fiji is the easiest, safest and most fascinating country in the South Pacific to travel around!

Fiji, despite its variety of cultures comes together to be known as "Fijians". Our history is littered with examples of uniqueness, defiance, and resilience, which has intergrated itself into what is Fiji today.

Quick Facts about Fiji

Location

South Pacific Ocean—lying about 4,450 km (2,775 mi) southwest of Honolulu and 1,770 km (1,100 mi) north of New Zealand.

Size

18,270 sq km (11, 352 sq mi)—Slightly smaller than the US state of New Jersey; slightly less than one third of Nova Scotia's size; slightly smaller than Wales.

Population

850,000

Main Cities & Towns

Suva City, Lautoka City, Nadi Town

Climate

The climate in Fiji is tropical and warm most of the year round. Fiji has a mild average temperature of 25ºC (77ºF), however it can climb above 30 ºC (87ºF) in summer—December and January—and sink to 18ºC (65ºF) at night in winter— July and August.

Time

Fiji is one of the first places in the world to see the new day, 12 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) or UTC (Coordinated Universal Time).  Fiji is GMT/UTC +12.

 Fiji’s daylight savings begins in October and ends in March.

Public Holidays

There are 10 public holidays a year in Fiji, but these do not stop the tourism industry from operating its tours and activites.

The public holidays are: New Year’s Day, Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday, Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Monday, Queen’s Birthday, Fiji Day, Diwali, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day.

Languages

English (official), Fijian (official), Fiji-Hindi (official). The majority of the local people can speak English and all signs and official forms are also in English.  However, for almost all local people, English is not their mother tongue—at home, indigenous Fijians speak Fijian and Indo-Fijians speak Fiji-Hindi (which is an alter version of traditional Hindi spoken in India). Most of the people of Fiji speak all three languages and mix them in their daily talk with the variety of cultures. Join in and learn a bit of both Fijian and Fiji-Hindi, no matter how bad your attempts are the locals will truly appreciate it.

Ethnic Mix

The population of Fiji is mostly made up of native Fijians (54%), who are mostly Melanesians, although a few also have ancestry. Indo-Fijians (29%), descendants of Indian contract labourers brought to the islands by the British in the nineteenth century. There is also a small but significant group of descendants of indentured labourers from the Solomon Islands.  The other 7% are also small, but economically significant, groups of Europeans, Chinese and other minorities.

Government

Politics of Fiji take place in the framework of a parliamentary representative democratic republic, whereby the Prime Minister of Fiji is the Head of Government, the President the Head of State, and of a multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the Parliament of Fiji. The Judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislative.

Since independence from the British Government in 1970, there have been four peaceful coups in Fiji, two in 1987, one in 2000 and one in late 2006. Plans for a democratic election for a new Prime Minister are set for 2015.

Money

Fiji dollar = FJD = $.

Main Exports

Biggest Industries: tourism and sugar cane
Exports: $526 million (2007); sugar, garments, gold, fish, and mineral water.

Major markets: Australia, U.S., U.K., Japan, and New Zealand.

National Sports

The national sport of Fiji is considered to be Rugby Union; however rugby league and soccer (football) is also widely played. Recently, there has also been progress and improved support for Netball.

National Icons

1) Kava – also called yaqona or grog, is a huge part of Fiji culture as beaches and coconut trees. It is mildly narcotic, looks like muddy water and makes your tongue slightly numb.

2) Tabua – is polished and shaped whales’ teeth, they are highly valued items used in diplomatic meetings as the highest form of respectful gift.

3) Sun, Beach, & Coconut Trees – our country is widely known for its picture perfect tropical landscape. Iconic to the way we live and the biggest reason people come from all over the world to enjoy.


 

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