Quick Facts

  • Officially known as the Republic of Fuji
  • Independence: 1970 (from Great Britain)
  • Location: Oceania, island group in the South Pacific Ocean, about 1/2 of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand
  • Area: 7,056 sq. miles (slightly smaller than the state of New Jersey)
  • Population: 909,389
  • Capital: Suva, 176,000
  • Climate: tropical marine; only a slight seasonal temperature variation
  • Terrain: mostly mountains of volcanic origin
  • Nationality: Fijians
  • Ethnic groups: Fijians 57.3%, Indian 37.6%, others
  • Official languages: English, Fijian
  • Religions: Protestant 55.4%, Hindu 27.9%, Roman Catholic 9.1%, others
  • Literacy: 93.7%
  • Economy: With its lush forests, minerals and fish resources, Fiji is one of the most developed economies of the Pacific island economies though it still has a high subsistence factor. Sugar processing makes up half of industrial activity but is not efficient.  Tourism has suffered from the military coup in December of 2006. The European Union has suspended all aid until the interim government takes steps toward new elections. Long term problems include low investment, uncertain land ownership rights, and the government’s inability to manage its budget.
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com


Government in Power

  • A republic
  • Chief of state: President Jioji Konrote (since 2015)
  • Head of government: Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (since 2014)


Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 30/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 9.94/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 72.43 years
  • Health expenditures: 4.1% GDP
  • Physicians density: 0.43 physicians/1,000 population
  • Hospital bed density: 2 beds/1,000 population
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 0.13%
  • Obesity adult prevalence rate: 35.9%
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

Images From the Field

[scrollGallery id=202]

Area Agencies

Field Stories

Mission trips have always been something I wanted to do…but a medical mission trip?? Never thought I would have the chance to be a part of something so amazing – as a non-medical person.  When my son and his colleagues were gearing up for their first trip to Haiti soon after the earthquake, I was […]


Continued » View All Stories » test