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Fiji is an archipelago made up of more than 300 islands and 500 islets. It is believed that Fiji was formed 150 million years ago as a result of volcanic eruption. Only 110 of these islands are inhabited while the rest are isolated in nature. Fiji has two major islands; Viti Levu & Vanua Levu. These two islands are populated by 80% of the residents of this country. Fiji has approximately a total land area of 18,300 sq. Km.
Fiji also known as the land of the sunrise is the first country in the world everyday to feel the warmth of the early morning rays of the sun. The small island nation is multiracial consisting of Fijian, Rotuman, Chinese, Indian, and Muslim & European cultures. The main religion followed by Fijians is Christianity.
The main language is the Bauan dialect although there are a variety of Fijian dialects spoken around the nation. The Fijian call themselves iTaukei or KaiViti’s (‘Kai-Vi-Chis’) meaning residents of Fiji. Suva City is the largest and the Capital of the nation. The national sport is Rugby and the national rugby team is called the Flying Fijians.
The greenery, white sandy beaches, native landmarks & the beautiful people make tourism the main income earning sector for the economy. The country has two airports with Fiji Airways providing most of the air services.
In the 19th Century, Fiji was ceded to the British government by King Cakabau after signing the deed of session and it gained its independence on the 10th of October, 1970 which every year is a public holiday celebrated as Fiji Day. The Indians known locally as IndoFijians were brought to Fiji as part of a contract for sugarcane farming which resulted in them being a part of Fiji till date. From, the days of cannibalism, Fiji has improved a lot to be one of the most developed islands in the Pacific region.
The Fijian flag has a blue background, with a union jack placed on the top right hand corner of the flag and the coat of arms on the bottom left. The blue background is a representation of the Pacific Ocean which is significant to the islanders in terms of the fishing and tourism. The union jack is placed on the flag as a symbol of link between Fiji and the United Kingdom. The coat of arms include a shield divided in quadrants by St. Georges red Cross with a lion on top and the quadrants being occupied with images of sugarcane, coconut tree, banana and a dove. The Red Cross and lion is a symbol of the Britain reign with the cacao pod held in the lions hand coconut tree, sugarcane and banana symbolizing the country’s natural resources. The dove is a representation of peace utilized in the old Flag from the time of King Cakabau’s reign.
In all, Fiji is a beautiful island paradise which is slowly developing to become more & more advanced in the Pacific region.
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