Fiji Facts for Kids

 

 

  • Fiji is an island located on the southern corner of Pacific Ocean.
  • Fiji is famous for some unique features such as beaches which are lined with palm trees, landscapes which are both rough and rocky and coral ridges which have clear mounds and inlets.
  • Fiji is made up of more than 300 islands with the major ones being Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.
  • Fiji is one of the best Islands to visit for vacations and leisure.

 

 

  • Formally Fiji was called the Republic of Fiji.
  • On the western side Fiji is bordered by Vanuatu while New Caledonia neighbors it on the southwest corner.
  • The Kermadec Islands located in New Zealand neighbors Fiji on the southeast corner, on the eastern corner Fiji is bordered by Tonga while the Samoas, Wallis and Futuna Islands borders Fiji on its northeast corner.
  • Lastly Tuvalu borders Fiji on its Northern corner.
  • Fiji covers a total area of 18,300 square kilometers which is equivalent to 7,100 square miles making it the 151st largest country on earth in terms of area coverage.
  • Fiji is a collection of islands with the total number of islands being more than 330 islands, whereby 110 islands are permanently unoccupied.
  • Fiji also has more than 500 other small islands. The two main islands: Vanua Levu and Viti Levu constitute approximately 87 percent of the total area covered by Fiji.
  • The capital city of Fiji is Suva.
  • Suva is one the cities in the Oceania region having many different groups of people.  The total number of people living in Suva is about 210,000.
  • The currency in Fiji is the Fijian Dollar.
  • Other major towns in Fiji are Nadi and Lautoka.
  • The tallest mountain in Fiji is Mount Tomaniyi which is found in the island of Viti Levu.
  •  The mountain has a height of 1,324 kilometers (4,344 feet).
  • Most of the Fiji’s land is hilly and rocky. However most the mountains found here are still inactive even though some are made up of sandstones and coral group of islands.
  • The total population of Fiji is 902,400 people as per 1st January of 2017.
  • The life expectancy of Fiji currently stands at 67 years.
  • The three languages spoken in Fiji are English, Fiji and Fijian Hindi.
  • The three major religions followed in Fiji are Christianity, Hindu and Islam.
  • The longest river is the Rewa River which covers a total distance of 145 km.
  • Other rivers found in Fiji are Sigatoka River (126 km), Wailevu River and Lovoni River among others. The shoreline of Fiji is about 1,129 kilometers (701 miles).
  • Fiji is a home of about 50 hot springs groups whereby the lush rainforests are mainly found in the interiors of most islands.
  • The white sand beaches are the major tourist’s attraction factor in Fiji.
  • There are six national parks in Fiji which include: Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park which is the largest national park in Fiji and was opened in 1987, Bouma National Heritage Park which is ranked as the fifth largest national park in Fiji and covers a total area of 150 square kilometers of tropical rain forest and shoreline forest and the Levuka National Park among others.
  • Fiji was colonized by the British but gained their independence in 1970 after 96 years of struggle for independence.
  • Today the president is the head of the government in Fiji.
  • Fiji has plenty of minerals, forests and fish species making to be among the most developed nations found in the Pacific region.
  • The major income generating activities for Fiji are tourism activities and export of sugar.
  • It is estimated that approximately 250,000 tourists visit Fiji every year.
  • The climatic condition in Fiji is usually warm both on the marine and land environment during year.
  • There are no experiences of very hot or cold temperatures in Fiji.
  • The warm duration lasts from November to April while the cooler temperatures are experienced from May toOctober.
  • There are more than a hundred species that live in the islands of Fiji. Also, approximately 30 types of reptiles are found in the islands of Fiji with 12 of them being widespread in many parts of Fiji.
  • The game of walking without shoes on flaming hot stones was started in Fiji by the Sawau tribe found on the Bega Island more than 500 years back.
  •  The game has been passed from generation to generation until it has now been transformed to be a cultural show that is performed to tourists.
  • Rugby is another game that is loved by many in Fiji whereby it is considered as the national game.