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Total area: 7,054 sq mi (18,270 sq km)
Capital and largest city (2022 est.): Suva (on Viti Levu), 94,000
Suva: Capital City Profile
Monetary unit: Fiji dollar
Languages: English (official), Fijian (official), Hindustani
Ethnicity/race: iTaukei 56.8% (predominantly Melanesian with a Polynesian admixture), Indian 37.5%, Rotuman 1.2%, other 4.5% (European, part European, other Pacific Islanders, Chinese)
note: a 2010 law replaces 'Fijian' with 'iTuakei' when referring to the original and native settlers of Fiji (2007 est.)
Religions: Protestant 45% (Methodist 34.6%, Assembly of God 5.7%, Seventh Day Adventist 3.9%, and Anglican 0.8%), Hindu 27.9%, other Christian 10.4%, Roman Catholic 9.1%, Muslim 6.3%, Sikh 0.3%, other 0.3%, none 0.8% (2007 est.)
National Holiday: Independence Day, 2nd Monday of October
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Fiji comprises of approximately 330 islands, about one - third are inhabited. It covers about 1.3 million square kilometers of the South Pacific Ocean. The two major islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.
After nearly a century as British colony, Fiji became independent in 1970.
Today Fiji has one of the most developed economies of the Pacific islands.
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