18,270 sq km (7,054 sq mi)
Population (2009 est.):
Capital and largest city (2003 est.):
Suva (on Viti Levu) - 177,300
English (official), Fijian, Hindustani
Christian 52% (Methodist 37%, Roman Catholic 9%), Hindu 38%, Islam 8%, other 2%
GMT+12, DST is not observed
AC 240V/50Hz, plugs with 2 or 3 flat V-shaped prongs (Australian plug)
Fiji (officially the Republic of the Fiji Islands) is an island country in the Melanesia, in the southwest Pacific Ocean situated about 3,000 km (1,875 mi) east of Australia. Fiji consists of 332 islands, of which 106 are inhabited, and 522 smaller islets. The two largest islands, inhabited by about 87% of the population, are Viti Levu (Great Fiji; 10,642 sq km / 4,109 sq mi) and Vanua Levu (Great Land of the People; 5,807 sq km / 2,242 sq mi). Both main islands are if fact extinct volcano mountains. Mount Victoria, on Viti Levu, is the country's highest peak, at 1,322m (4,430ft).
The Fiji archipelago is located between 176° 53′ east and 178° 12′ west, with the 180° meridian running through it. The International Date Line has been adjusted to give uniform time to all Fiji islands.