Fast, fun facts about Fiji

1. Fiji is made up of a collection of islands; 333 islands (only one-third are inhabited) and more than 500 islets to be exact.

2. Fiji gained its independence in 1970. The Colony of Fiji was a British colony that existed from 1874 to 1970 in present-day Fiji. 

3. Fiji's closest neighbours are Vanuatu, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Tonga, the Samoas, the Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands and Tulavu. 

4. The main official language of Fiji is Fijian. There are two other official languages English and Fijian Hindi or Hindustani (a mix of Hindi and Urdu).

5. The top of the head of a Village Chief is sacred and it is not meant to be touched.

6. In the old days, only the Chief could wear hat and sunglasses. 

7. The International Date Line runs through Fiji’s island of Taveuni, so you can stand with one foot in the present date, and the other in the previous date.

8. The currency of Fiji is the Fijian dollar.

9. 'Rugby is our religion' - Fiji won its first ever medal on at the Rio Olympics 2016. The country won the men's rugby sevens tournament with an impressive performance of strength and skills. 

10. The original settlers of Fiji were the Lapita People.  They came to the islands over 3000 years ago. 

11. The biggest island, Viti Levu, holds the capital city of Suva, the majority of Fiji’s population, and the highest peak in the country, Mount Tomanivi.

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