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Learn more about Fiji.
Flag of Fiji Fiji
Population: 880,874 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Suva (Viti Levu)
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An Introduction to Fiji
Fiji became independent in 1970, after nearly a century as a British colony. Democratic rule was interrupted by two military coups in 1987, caused by concern over a government perceived as dominated by the Indian community (descendants of contract laborers brought to the islands by the British in the 19th century). A 1990 constitution favored native Melanesian control of Fiji, but led to heavy Indian emigration; the population loss resulted in economic difficulties, but ensured that Melanesians became the majority. Amendments enacted in 1997 made the constitution more equitable. Free and peaceful elections in 1999 resulted in a government led by an Indo-Fijian, but a coup in May 2000 ushered in a prolonged period of political turmoil. Parliamentary elections held in August 2001 provided Fiji with a democratically elected government and gave a mandate to the government of Prime Minister Laisenia QARASE.

Fiji map

Map of Fiji ( Location ) : 18 00 S, 175 00 E, Oceania, island group in the South Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand. For additional reports and educational information specific to Fiji, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Fijian Flag
Light blue with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the Fijian shield centered on the outer half of the flag; the shield depicts a yellow lion above a white field quartered by the cross of Saint George featuring stalks of sugarcane, a palm tree, bananas, and a white dove.

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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about Fiji.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 1.41%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 66.74 yrs - Male
    • 71.79 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 102,000 (2003)

Televisions:
    • 21,000 (1997)

Radios:
    • 500,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .fj

Did you know ... People from Fiji are called Fijians
 

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Data Source: Central Intelligence Agency 2004 World Factbook