Looking to increase your countries of the world knowledge and better your chances in the pub quiz? Why not start off with these 18 interesting facts about Fiji!
- The Fiji Islands comprise 333 islands in the South Pacific – who knew?
- The population of Fiji is 883,483 (2018), a small number considering the number of islands – it works out as an average of just over 2,500 residents per island!
- But of these islands, only approximately 110 are inhabited, so that explains #2!
Flag of Fiji
- The islands boast beaches, coral gardens and rain forests, so let’s get packing!
- To call your friends in Fiji you’ll need to use the international dialling code +679.
- The total area of the islands amounts to 7,095 square miles (18,376 square kilometres).
- Fiji sits in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 1,100 nautical miles northeast of New Zealand’s North Island.
- Fiji is part of Oceania – a collective name for the lands of the Pacific Ocean.
- Fiji is a beautiful group of islands in Melanesia (a sub-region of Oceania which includes Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Papua New Guinea).
Tokoriki Island, Fiji
- Remarkably, the islands are not part of a continent!
- Its capital, Suva, is located on the largest island, Viti Levu, where the majority of the population reside.
- The people of Fuji have nothing to complain about weather-wise as the islands only experience a slight seasonal temperature variation, lucky them!
- Fiji’s currency is called the Fijian Dollar.
- In 1970, Fiji gained independence after 96 years as a British colony.
- Fiji’s industry comprises of tourism, sugar, clothing, fish and copra (the dried meat and kernel of coconuts which is used to extract coconut oil).
- Fiji exports sugar, garments, gold, coconut oil, molasses, timber and fish – something nice there for everyone!
- Only about 11% of Fiji’s land is arable.
- And from this land the agricultural industry produces sugarcane, coconuts, cassava (tapioca), rice and cattle.
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