Full country name: Republic of the Fiji Islands
Area: 18,274 sq km
Capital City: Suva
Language: English, Bau Fijian, Hindi
Religion: 64,5% Christian, 27,9% Hindu, 6,3% Muslim, 0,7% non-believers, 0,3% Sikh, 0,3% other
Government: Military junta and parliamentary republic
Time Zone: (UTC+12), summer (DST) (UTC+13)
Dialing Code: 679
Electricity: 240V, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
Currency: Fijian dollar (FJD)
Money & Costs:
Average yearly salary: USD 3,900
Geography: The Fiji Islands are located in the Southern Hemisphere and it is surrounded by the South Pacific Ocean. The two largest and most inhabited islands of Fiji, that make up 87% of Fiji’s total landmass, are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. There are, all in all, thousands of islands that belong to the Fijian archipelago, however, only a few of them are inhabited. Fiji’s terrain is generally mountainous, with mountains being dormant or extinct volcanoes. Nature lovers will definitely enjoy Fiji, as it has 50 groups of hot springs, lush rainforests with an abundance of tree species, plants and various exotic wild animals.
Climate: Fiji is a perfect holiday destination with an ideal South Sea tropical climate. Those trying to escape the severe northern winters, will love the hot and sunny days Fiji Islands can offer. The average summer temperature is 23 C – 30 C, and the average winter temperature – 20 C – 26 C. There is a constant cooling wind blowing from the east south, which drops in the evenings and picks up again in the mornings. Such climate is perfect for the outdoors, beach, surfing, barbecues and water sports.
Recommended clothing: You will see people wearing shorts, sleeveless tops and short skirts in the city or at the resort, however such style of dressing is not acceptable in a traditional village. Women should cover their knees and shoulders at all times. Note, that you will have to sit on the floor for your meals, so make sure the clothing is loose enough to allow you sit comfortably. Even when sitting on the floor, women’ knees should be covered. You should also always carry a sulu (a wrap around also known as a sarong, lavalava, pareu) to cover the bathing togs or shorts and dresses. You should also remember that wearing a hat in a village is considered as an insult to the chief. You should also take off your shoes when visiting a local.
Food: There are four styles of different cuisines that you can enjoy in Fiji Islands: Indian, Continental, Asian and native Fijian. Food is of a very big importance to Fijian people. It is part of their everyday life and reflects the ethnic and cultural background of the locals. Traditional Fijian foods are: pork, seafood, chicken and root crops such as dalo and tapioca. The food is often prepared in lolo, the sweet coconut cream. The most popular Fijian specialty is kokoda, a salad of fresh fish cooked in lime juice and served with fresh vegetables in lolo.
Drink: Fiji does not produce wine, but wine lovers will have an ample opportunity to enjoy the vintages from the nearby Australia. The Fiji Bitter Beer (Stubbie), as well as Fiji Gold (lighter version) are produced locally. With all those sugar-cane fields, it is of no surprise that dark rum, known as Bounty, is also produced here. Note, that freight and import duties drive up the cost of the spirits, so don’t be surprised of higher prices than at home. Coffee lovers will have a chance to enjoy coffee made of the excellent beans that are grown in Fiji’s mountains. The slightly narcotic drink Fijians call yaqona (yon-gon-na) or “grog”, known as kava elsewhere, rivals Fiji Bitter beer as the national drink. Generally, Fiji has actually got more grog shops than bars.
Health: Fiji is relatively free of disease compared to most of the tropics, however, mosquitoes can be quite a nuisance, therefore you should avoid their bites by covering up thoroughly or using repellents while outdoors at dawn. Local water is generally safe to drink, though filtering or boiling is advisable. Urban tap water is treated and almost always safe. Otherwise, there are public, radio or print media warnings. Be sure to wear a hat, sunglasses and use a high-SPF value sunblock on ALL exposed skin when out in the sun.
Entertainment: There is an International Music Festival each June and July, and an International Jazz Festival at Escaldes-Engordany in July. It is estimated that over 10,000 visitors enter Fiji each year.
Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Mar 1 Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday
Apr 2 Good Friday
Apr 3 Easter Sunday
Apr 5 Easter Monday
Jun 14 Queen’s Birthday
Oct 11 Fiji Day
Nov 5 Diwali
Dec 27 Christmas Day Holiday
Dec 28 Boxing Day Holiday
Note: Muslim and Hindu festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and therefore dates can only be approximations. (b) Some holidays are annually set by the government, or moved to either Friday or Monday, if the normal day of observance falls on a weekend.
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