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Republic of the Fiji Islands
Matanitu Tu-Vaka-i-koya ko Viti (Fijian)
Fijī Ripablik
फ़िजी द्वीप समूह गणराज्य
(Fiji Hindi)
Flag Coat of arms
Motto: Rerevaka na Kalou ka Doka na Tui
Fear God and honour the Queen
Anthem: God Bless Fiji
Capital
(and largest city)
Suva
18°10′S 178°27′E
Official language(s) English, Bau Fijian, andHindi[1]
Demonym Fiji Islander, Fijian
Government Military junta andParliamentary Republic
- Paramount Chief of Fiji Queen Elizabeth II1
- President Epeli Nailatikau
- Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama
- GCC Chairman Ratu Epeli Nailatikau
Independence from the United Kingdom
- Date 10 October 1970
- Republic 28 September 1987
Area
- Total 18,274 km2 (155th)
7,056 sq mi
- Water (%) negligible
Population
- 2009 estimate 849,000[2] (156th)
- Density 46.4/km2 (148th)
120.3/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2009 estimate
- Total $3.850 billion[3]
- Per capita $4,358[3]
GDP (nominal) 2009 estimate
- Total $3.060 billion[3]
- Per capita $3,464[3]
HDI (2007) 0.762 (medium) (92nd)
Currency Fijian dollar (FJD)
Time zone (UTC+12)
- Summer (DST) (UTC+13[4])
Drives on the left
Internet TLD .fj
Calling code 679
1 Recognised by the Great Council of Chiefs.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 May 2010 12:54  

Newsflash

Although thirty percent of the world’s earthquakes occur within the southwest Pacific and eighty-one percent of tsunamis in the region are generated by earthquake activity, the region experiences, on average, some of the slowest detection times for earthquake activity.

At the SPC/SOPAC Division’s STAR meeting held in Nadi this week, Mrs Esline Garaebiti Bule, Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department (VMGD) said that the earthquake and tsunami events with casualties in Papua New Guinea, 1998, Vanuatu in 1999, Solomon Islands, 2007, and more recently, Tonga and Samoa in 2009 indicated the region needs a tsunami early-warning system based on fast earthquake detection system for the South West Pacific Region.