The Republic of Fiji is a South Pacific nation made up of 332 islands and over 500 islets. Most of its 850,000 people live in the capital and largest city, Suva. Other large urban centres include Nadi, Savusavu, Labasa, and Lautoka. Fiji, which gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1970, is nowadays a parliamentary republic and the government is appointed by military.
Fiji has a tropical marine climate and, although there are two identifiable seasons, the temperature is warm throughout the year. The two most important islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, which are mountainous terrains covered with tropical forests. There are several touristic attractions in Fiji, which include The Botanical Gardens and The Forest Park in Suva, as well as the Sigatoka Sand Dunes. Most tourists choose to come to Fiji for their honeymoon, as the country is considered one of the most romantic destinations in the world.
Given its plethora of forest, fish, and mineral resources, Fiji is one of the strongest economies out of all the Pacific islands. By far the most important export is sugar, but the country’s economy is heavily reliant on the tourism industry. Fiji’s currency is the Fijian Dollar (FJD).
There are three official languages in Fiji: English, Fiji Hindi, and Fijian. There are, however, several dialects widely spoken across the country. The country’s most popular sport is rugby, and the national team has proven itself to be a worthy competitor in numerous international competitions, despite Fiji’s relatively small size.