Fiji

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Republic of Fiji
Matanitu ko Viti  
Fijī Ganarājya
फ़िजी गणराज्य
  
Flag of Fiji
Flag
Coat of arms of Fiji
Coat of arms
Motto: Rerevaka na Kalou ka Doka na Tui
Fear God and honour the Queen
Anthem: 

God Bless Fiji
Location of Fiji
Capital
and largest city
Suva
Official languages English
Bau Fijian
Fiji Hindi[1]
Demonym Fijian
Government Military Appointed Government and Parliamentary Republic
Epeli Nailatikau
Frank Bainimarama
Independence
• from the United Kingdom
10 October 1970
• Republic
28 September 1987
Area
• Total
18,274 km2 (7,056 sq mi) (155th)
• Water (%)
negligible
Population
• 2009 estimate
849,000[2] (156th)
• 2007 census
837,271 people
• Density
46.4/km2 (120.2/sq mi) (148th)
GDP (PPP) 2010 estimate
• Total
$3.869 billion[3]
• Per capita
$4,347[3]
GDP (nominal) 2010 estimate
• Total
$3.131 billion[3]
• Per capita
$3,518[3]
HDI (2010) Decrease 0.669[4]
medium · 86th
Currency Fijian dollar (FJD)
Time zone +11 (UTC+12)
• Summer (DST)
 (UTC+13[5])
Drives on the left
Calling code 679
ISO 3166 code FJ
Internet TLD .fj
  1. Recognised by the Great Council of Chiefs.
Satellite Image

Fiji is a small country in the Pacific Ocean. It has 322 islands. The most important islands are Vanua Levu and Viti Levu. The capital city of Fiji is Suva, and the city with the most people is Nadi. There are about 844,330 people in Fiji. The official languages of Fiji are Fijian, English and Hindustani (a mix of Hindi and Urdu). Fiji is part of the Pacific Rim. About 313000 speak Fiji Hindi.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, the Dutch and the British explored Fiji.[6] Fiji was a British colony up until 1970; British occupation lasted almost a century.[7] They have many forest, mineral, and fish resources.

Divisions and provinces[change | change source]

Map of the divisions of Fiji.

Fiji is divided into Four Major Divisions:

These divisions are divided into 14 provinces:

Cities[change | change source]

Incorporated towns[change | change source]

Fijian law defines "towns" as urbanized areas incorporated as municipal bodies, governed by Town Councils.

Unincorporated towns[change | change source]

The following localities are urbanized, but have not been municipally organized.

Tourism[change | change source]

Bounty Island

Fiji has a lot of tourism and many people go to the Nadi and Denarau islands.[8] Most visitors are from Australia, New Zealand and the USA.[9] Fiji has many soft coral reefs. Scuba diving is a common tourist activity.[8] More budget resorts are being opened in remote areas, which provides more tourism opportunities.[8]

Related pages[change | change source]

Other websites[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Dr. A. Tschentscher, LL.M. "Section 4 of Fiji Constitution". Servat.unibe.ch. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  2. Department of Economic and Social Affairs Population Division (2009) (PDF). World Population Prospects, Table A.1. 2008 revision. United Nations. http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/wpp2008/wpp2008_text_tables.pdf. Retrieved 2009-03-12.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Fiji". International Monetary Fund. Retrieved 2011-04-21. 
  4. "Human Development Report 2010" (PDF). United Nations. 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  5. "Timeanddate.com". Timeanddate.com. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  6. "Fiji: History". infoplease.com. 2005. Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  7. "Tourism Fiji : A Social, Political and Environmental Case Study" (PDF). tamu.edu. 2007. Retrieved 2010-09-15. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Fiji Travel Information and Travel Guide. Lonely Planet. Retrieved April 2010. Archived 8 November 2009 at WebCite
  9. "Arrivals information" Bureau of Statistics.