Fiji Demographics

What is the population of Fiji?

Population 935,974
Population Growth Rate 0.73%
Urban Population 52.2%
Population in Major Urban Areas SUVA (capital) 177,000
Nationality Noun Fijian(s)
Nationality Adjective Fijian
Ethnic Groups Fijian 51% (predominantly Melanesian with a Polynesian admixture), Indian 44%, European, other Pacific Islanders, overseas Chinese, and other 5% (1998 est.)
Languages Spoken English (official), Fijian, Hindustani

Fiji Health Information

What are the health conditions in Fiji?

Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 5.96
Drinking Water Source - percent of rural population improved 92.2%
Drinking Water Source - percent of total population unimproved 3.7%
Drinking Water Source - percent of urban population improved 100%
Health Expenditures - percent of GDP 3.8%
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate 0.1%
HIV/Aids Deaths 90
Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population 2.1
Infant Mortality Rate - female deaths/1,000 live births 9.33
Infant Mortality Rate - male deaths/1,000 live births 11.53
Infant Mortality Rate - total deaths/1,000 live births 10.46
Maternal Mortality Rate - deaths/100,000 live births 26
Obesity - adult prevalence rate 30.6%
People Living with HIV/AIDS 750
Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population .43
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of total population unimproved 12.8%
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of urban population improved 92.1%
Sanitation Facitlity Access - percent of rural population improved 81.7%
Total Fertility Rate - children born/woman 2.54
Underweight - percent of children under five years 5.3%

Fiji Life Expectancy

How long do people live in Fiji?

Life Expectancy at Birth 71 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - female 74 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - male 69 Years
Median Age 27 Years
Median Age - female 27 Years
Median Age - male 27 Years

Fiji Infant Mortality - per 1,000 live births

Fiji median age, birth rate and death rates

Birth Rate - births/1,000 population 20
Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 5.96
Median Age 27 Years
Median Age - female 27 Years
Median Age - male 27 Years
Net Migration Rate - migrant(s)/1,000 population -6.99
Population Growth Rate 0.73%
Sex Ratio 0-14 Years - male/female 1.05
Sex Ratio 15-24 Years - male/female 1.05
Sex Ratio 25-54 Years - male/female 1.05
Sex Ratio 55-64 Years - male/female 1.03
Sex Ratio at Birth - male/female 1.05
Sex Ratio of Total Population - male/female 1.03
Sex Ratio Over 64 Years - male/female .85

Fiji Medical Information

What are the health conditions in Fiji?

Medical Facilities and Health Information

Health-care facilities in Fiji's urban areas are adequate for routine medical problems. In the rural areas, staff training is limited and there are often shortages of supplies and medications. Travelers should carry adequate supplies of any needed prescription medicines, along with copies of their prescriptions, the generic name of the drugs, and a supply of preferred over-the-counter medications. Emergency response is extremely limited. Ambulance availability is minimal, and ambulances are often poorly equipped and staffed. Two major hospitals, the Lautoka Hospital in the western city of Lautoka and the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva, provide limited emergency and outpatient services. A recompression chamber at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva can treat decompression sickness (See also Special Circumstances, Water Sports). A private hospital in Suva provides Western-style medical care, and other hospitals and clinics provide a limited range of health services. Medical emergencies may be evacuated to Australia, New Zealand, or the United States. Serious medical problems requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to the United States or elsewhere can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Doctors and hospitals expect immediate cash payment for health services. Medevac to Australia or NZ will only be considered if patient has adequate insurance or upfront payment which can be expected to run into tens of thousands of dollars. In some cases, medevac to Australia or NZ can require a medical visa.

Dengue fever, carried by infected mosquitoes, occurs throughout the country of Fiji, especially during the rainy season.

Fiji Education

What is school like in Fiji?

Education Expenditures - percent of GDP 4.2%
Literacy - female 91.9%
Literacy - male 95.5%
Literacy - total population 93.7%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write
Total School Life Expectancy - (primary to tertiary) 16 Years

Fiji Literacy

Can people in Fiji read?

Literacy - female 91.9%
Literacy - male 95.5%
Literacy - total population 93.7%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write
Predominant Language English (official), Fijian, Hindustani

Fiji Crime

Is Fiji a safe place to visit?

Crime Information

Urban areas experience a higher incidence of crime than do rural areas. Most crime takes place in Suva and Nadi, away from resort areas. You should always protect your valuables and be aware that theft from hotel rooms, purse snatching, and pick pocketing are the most common crimes against tourists. Be attentive of your personal safety and be cautious about sharing too much personal information about where you are from and where you are staying while traveling. If you are not familiar with an area, ask hotel staff about areas to avoid. There has been an increase in incidents involving sexual assaults and harassment in Fiji. You should not walk alone after dark and always be sure to avoid isolated and deserted areas. You should lock your doors and windows when you are alone at home or in your hotel room. Since there is crime directed at taxi drivers, do not allow taxis to pick up other passengers while you are en route. Similarly, you should not enter a taxi already carrying other passengers.

Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the bootlegs illegal in the United States, if you purchase them you may also be breaking local law.

Fiji Penalties for Crime

Criminal Penalties

While you are traveling in Fiji, you are subject to its laws even if you are a U.S. citizen. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different than our own. You should carry photo identification with you at all times. If you are suspected of being involved in criminal activities, you will be taken in for questioning and asked for identification. Respect any cultural sites with security warnings posted against photography. Fiji enforces laws against driving under the influence of alcohol, and offenders may be taken to jail. If you are stopped and found to be driving under the influence of alcohol, you will be taken to the police station for further tests. If the second test is affirmative, you will be detained in a prison cell to sober up, typically overnight, and you will be charged the following morning. If you do not have a permanent address in Fiji, the local police will keep you in custody and will arrange for a special court hearing with a Magistrate. These hearings take place during regular work days, and on the weekends and holidays. If you have a permanent residence in Fiji, you will be charged and may be released, and then you will be asked to attend court on a set date.

Criminal penalties vary from country to country. There are some things that might be legal in the country you visit, but still illegal in the United States. For example, you can be prosecuted under U.S. law if you buy pirated goods. Engaging in sexual conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime prosecutable in the United States. If you break local laws in Fiji, your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution. It’s very important to know what’s legal and what’s not wherever you go.

While some countries will automatically notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate if a U.S. citizen is detained or arrested in a foreign country, that might not always be the case. To ensure that the United States is aware of your circumstances, request that the police and prison officials notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate as soon as you are arrested or detained overseas.

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