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Welcome to Fiji!

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Fiji, a paradise unknown to many. Known for its natural beauty, Fiji is located east of Australia and North of New Zealand in the Southern Pacific Ocean. Fiji is apart of a chain that is 300 islands long. Only about 110 of those islands are inhabited. Fiji has an area of about 7,056 sq miles. Fiji is divided up into nine island groups: Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Kadavu, Yasawa Islands, Mamanuca Islands, Lomaiviti Islands, Lau Islands, Rotuma. Viti Levu is the largest island of Fiji and houses Suva as the capital. Vanua Levu is the second largest island and is surrounded by smaller islands. Taveuni, the third largest island, has the 180th meridian cutting the island in half. South of Viti Levu lies Kadavu, and west of Viti Levu lies the tiny Mamanuca Islands. The northwestern island group, Yasawa Islands, is know for being the holiday hoppers. The Lau islands are a group on the eastern edge of Fiji. In between the Lau Islands and Viti Levu lies the central Lomaivit Islands. Rotuma is slightly different than all of the other islands as it is a dependency of Fiji which is home to a totally different Polynesian ethnic group.

Fiji is a parliamentary representative democratic republic with the Prime Minister being Frank Bainimarama and the president being Williame Katonivere. Fiji currently lives under a constitution adopted in 2013. The history of Fiji is long and complicated. Evidence and artifacts show that Fiji was first occupied by the Austronesian People in about 2000 B.C. Malanesians followed in suit about one thousand years later. The Tu’i Tonga empire was established in the 10th century in Tonga. Soon enough Fiji fell into the Tongan sphere of influence, learning their Polynesian Culture and language. The decline of the Tongan empire began in the 13th century.

History

Fiji From Above

The first European to visit Fiji came in 1643. Dutch explorer Abel Tasman spotted Vanua Levu while on his voyage. But it was James Cook who first set foot on Fiji. The islands were officially charted in 1789 by William Bligh. For a while after Fiji was named the Bligh Islands. It was the the Sandalwood Merchants who made first significant contact with the native Fijians, or they would be called Bligh Islanders at the time. In 1865 the Blackbirding era began, where the Fijians were subjected into slavery. Because the American Civil War cut off much of the world from their cotton supply, they needed other ways to secure their precious materials

1 Fijian Dollar = $0.47 U.S Dollars

There are 896,444 people living in Fiji right now

Fiji is home to the largest temple in the Southern Hemisphere.

The most popular sport in Fiji is rugby

Fiji Is Composed Of More Than 300 Islands. 223 are uninhabited

Fiji Is One Of The Few Nations To Have Three Official Languages.

Fiji Has A Traditional Drink Known As Kava.

Fiji created the practice of walking on hot stones

Cannibalism is a huge part of Fiji's history

Tourism is Fiji's biggest import

Most of the land in Fiji is owned by traditional landowners

Out of the 28 airports Fiji has, only 4 of them are paved

40% of the Fijian population are of Indian descent

Only chiefs casn wear sunglasses and sun hats in the villages