Fiji

Key Country Facts

Population: 910,000
Historical & Interesting Facts:

In villages, only the chief can wear hats and sunglasses. The top of the head is seen as sacred and cannot be touched

Top Activities and Places to Visit:

Nadi, Suva

Other Information:

Top exports: sugar, clothing, gold, timber, fish, mineral water, molasses, and coconut oil

Fiji gained independence in 1970. About 910,000 people live here (2015), and the main languages are English, Fijian, and Hindi. The weather in Fiji is almost always perfect for going to the beach. Temperatures stay between 79 and 89 degrees year round (26-31 degrees Celsius), even in winter months. This makes Fiji a highly sought after vacation spot!  Fiji is very multicultural, so instead of a main religion, travellers will find mosques, Christian churches, Sikh and Hindu temples, and other religious sites throughout the country. Animism and shamanism used to be very popular there. Its main exports are sugar, clothing, gold, timber, fish, mineral water, molasses, and coconut oil. The time zone is 17 hours ahead of EST.

Visiting Nadi and Suva. Nadi is a major tourist hub, with lots of hotels, restaurants, activities, and souvenir shops. The Main Street is where travelers can enjoy searching for clothes, jewelry, electronics, and more while listening to the latest Hindi or Fijian music playing in various shops.

Suva is the capital of Fiji, the largest city in the country as well as a very cosmopolitan city in the Pacific Islands. Despite being a modern city, it still has architecture dating back to the colonial era. This is the perfect city for experiencing shopping, nightlife, fresh ethnic cuisine, museum, parks, and beautiful gardens. Fiji’s parliament is also located in Suva for those who like history and politics.

Some unusual facts about Fiji are in villages, only the chief can wear hats and sunglasses. The top of the head is seen as sacred and cannot be touched. Also interesting is that Fiji is on the International Date Line, meaning you can stand on that “line” and have one foot in the present and the other in the past. A very unique fact is that the red-and-white tagimoucia flower only blooms in one place in the world, and it’s in Fiji!

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