Fiji

By Chris Werch

How Fiji Formed

The majority of Fiji's islands were formed through volcanic activity starting around 150 million years ago. Today, some geothermal activity still occurs on the islands of Vanua Levu and Taveuni.

Fiji Present Day

Most islands are mountainous, with peaks up to 1300 m rising abruptly from the shore, and covered with tropical forests. Heavy rains (up to 304 cm or 120 inches annually) fall on the windward (southeastern) side, covering these sections of the islands with dense tropical forest.

Facts

GOVERNMENT

Parliamentary republic run by

military-appointed government

- President Epeli Nailatikau

- Acting Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama

Population

- 2009 estimate 849,000[2] (156th)

- 2007 census 837,271

- Density 46.4/km2 120.3/sq mi

Cities

Capital and largest city-Suva



Currency & Language

Fijian Doller & speak English & Fijian

GDP

- Total $4.133 billion

- Per capita $4,620

Geography

Fiji covers a total area of some 194,000 square kilometres (75,000 sq mi) of which around 10% is land.

Climate

The climate in Fiji is tropical marine and warm most of the year round with minimal extremes.

Bibliography

Wikipedia

"Fiji - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Feb. 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiji#Geography>.

Fiji Government Online Portal

"Fiji Government Online Portal." Fiji Government Online Portal. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Feb. 2013. <http://www.fiji.gov.fj>.