Fiji Facts - Did you know?

June 2, 2014

  • Fiji gained independence from the British Empire in 1970 after 96 years as a British colony.
  • Native Fijians of Melanesian and Polynesian ancestry make up 54% of the population. Under British rule, Indian servants were brought to Fiji to work in the sugarcane fields. Descendants of these Indian labourers are called Indo-Fijians and currently make up around 40% of the population.
  • The main official language of Fiji is Fijian. There are two other official languages English and Fijian Hindi or Hindustani (a mix of Hindi and Urdu).
  • The capital and largest city in Fiji is Suva, on the island of Viti Levu.
  • Fiji has a population of around nine hundred thousand (896,758) as of 2013.
  • There are 322 islands in Fiji and over 500 small islets. Around 110 of these islands are inhabited, although 87% of the population lives on the two biggest islands Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.
  • Major industries in Fiji are tourism and sugar. Exports also include garments, gold, timber and fish.
  • Modern Fijian cuisine is diverse with great influences from Indian cuisine and spices along with traditional local tropical fruits, vegetables, fish and wild pork.
  • Rugby Union is the most popular sport in Fiji with a participation rate of nearly 10% of the population.

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