The beautiful island archipelago of Fiji lies northeast of New Zealand, East of Vanuatu, northeast of France’s New Caledonia, west of Tonga, southwest of the Samoas, France’s Wallis and Futuna and south of Tuvalu. Made up of over 332 islands, this country is one of the world’s special gems. It’s beauty, serenity and appeal is known throughout the world, which is why so many tourists fly in every year.
Fiji has a booming economy and leads many of its neighbors in progress. With many natural resources at their disposal, such as fish, minerals and forest land, the people of Fiji have learned how to use their assets to make the country successful. Still the largest portion of its economy tourism and sugar export.
The people of Fiji are mainly of Melanesian descent, although there are many with other ethnic backgrounds. The native Fijians are mostly of the Christian faith, although there is a good number of Islamic and Hindu faith as well. Of the Christian Fijians, the largest percentage falls into the denomination of Methodists. The rich culture of the people has deeply rooted influences, as well as some added aspects throughout the years. The ways of the people are very important to them, and the hold tightly to the traditions of their ancestors. They are truly a fascinating people and they live in a world of beauty and peace.
The natives of Fiji love competitive sports, especially football (soccer) and rugby. When it comes to rugby, they are well known for their intimidating and quite powerful rugby war dance that they do before each match. This long-lived tradition is still one that is talked about world wide.
Fiji’s climate is classified as tropical marine and that gives it obliging, warm weather throughout the year. While there are times when cooler winds come through, the country is known for beautiful weather and gorgeous beaches. The forests and biodiversity is also something to consider. With many islands completely uninhabited, the country is a treasure chest of unspoiled land and unpolluted natural beauties. People travel from around the world just to take it al in.