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The largest islands of Fiji are Viti Levu, where the capital, Suva, is located, and Vanua Levu. Other major islands are Taveuni, Kadavu, and the Mamanuca and Yasawa island groups.
Fiji was formed by volcanic eruptions around 150 million years ago, and has been inhabited since around the second millennium BC. European explorers arrived in Fiji in the 17th century, beginning with the Dutch and the British. Fiji became a British colony, which lasted until October 10, 1970 when it gained independence.
The population of Fiji is estimated at about 849,000 people, of which a bit more than half are native Fijians. Almost 40 percent of the population of Fiji are Indo-Fijians who came to Fiji during British rule. Other minorities include Europeans and Chinese, as well as other Pacific Islanders. Religions commonly practiced in Fiji are Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam.
Last Updated On : April 16, 2013
Area7,056 sq mi
Official LanguageEnglish, Fijian, Fiji Hindi
CurrencyFijian dollar (FJD)
Prime MinisterFrank Bainimarama