|Fiji (ˈfiːdʒiː, fiːˈdʒiː)|
|1.||an independent republic, consisting of 844 islands (chiefly Viti Levu and Vanua Levu) in the SW Pacific: a British colony (1874--1970); a member of the Commonwealth (1970--87 and from 1997); the large islands are of volcanic origin, surrounded by coral reefs; smaller ones are of coral. Official language: English. Religion: Christian and Hindu. Currency: dollar. Capital: Suva. Pop: 847 000 (2004 est). Area: 18 272 sq km (7055 sq miles)|
|2.||another word for Fijian|
A nation composed of several hundred islands in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, located about two thousand miles northeast of Sydney, Australia. Viti Levu, the largest island, constitutes half the land area of the group. Suva is its capital and largest city.
Note: Their mountainous scenery, unspoiled beaches, and tropical splendor make the Fiji Islands an exotic tourist destination.
Note: Conflict between ethnic Melanesian and Indians led to political turmoil in the 1990s.