Essential Info for Fiji

Essential information on Fiji  Full name: Republic of Fiji

Population: About 890,000

Capital city: Suva

Other major cities: Nadi, Tavua, Labasa

Neighbouring countries: New Zealand, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna
Geography: Fiji is made up of 332 islands (of which 106 are inhabited) and 522 smaller islets. Viti Levu (where the capital Suva is found) and Vanua Levu make up about three-quarters of the total land area of the country. The islands are mountainous, consisting of thick tropical forests. 

Political system: Unitary parliamentary republic. Fiji was previously governed under military rule; although Fiji is now relatively stable, there are still chances that civil unrest could flare up. 

Major religions: Christianity, Hinduism, Islam 

Main languages: English, Fijian, Hindi

Money: The Fijian Dollar (FJD), divided into 100 cents. Expats can open a bank account in Fiji once they have a work or residence permit, although many continue to use an international account as well. ATMs are readily available in the main cities and credit cards are widely accepted in urban areas.

Tipping: Not required. 5 percent for good service, left in communal tip jars, is sufficient.

Time: GMT +12 (GMT +13 from November to January)

Electricity: 240 volts AC, 50Hz. Power point fittings are the 3-pin Australian/New Zealand infused type.

Internet domain: .fj

International dialling code: +679

Emergency contacts: 917 (police), 911 (fire and ambulance)

Transport and driving: traffic drives on the left-hand side. Public transport does exist in Fijian cities, but much of the infrastructure is not well-developed. Most expats opt to buy or hire a car during their time in Fiji. Road conditions in the main cities are of a fair standard, but when one moves outside the main city, the roads can become poorly-maintained and dangerous. 

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