- Suva; 210,000
- 18,376 square kilometers (7,095 square miles)
- English, Fijian, Hindustani
- Christian, Hindu, Muslim
- Fijian dollar
- Life Expectancy:
- GDP per Capita:
- U.S. $5,600
- Literacy Percent:
Fiji Islands Facts Flag
The Fiji Islands comprise 333 islands in the South Pacific, with beaches, coral gardens, and rain forests. Most people live on the largest island, Viti Levu, where the capital, Suva, is located. After 96 years as a British colony, Fiji gained independence in 1970. During British rule, indentured servants from India came to work in the sugarcane fields—Indo-Fijians currently constitute 40 percent of the population.
Indo-Fijians are mostly Hindu, while the majority native Fijians are mostly Christian. Tensions between the two communities caused two coups in 1987 and one in 2000. Democracy returned in 2001 and so did a record number of tourists.
- Industry: Tourism, sugar, clothing, copra
- Agriculture: Sugarcane, coconuts, cassava (tapioca), rice; cattle; fish
- Exports: Sugar, garments, gold, timber, fish
—Text From National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition
Scattered about the world's largest ocean, the legendary islands of the South Pacific are a wonder to travelers, full of beautiful sights and fascinating cultures.
Get a glimpse of paradise with this gallery of photographs taken on assignment for the National Geographic magazine article "French Polynesia: Charting a New Course."
2015 Traveler Photo Contest
Explore the submissions, share your favorites, and check back for the winning images.