The beauty of Fiji Islands…..

COP23, held in early November 2017 in Germany, is chaired for the first time by a country very affected by climate change: the Fiji Islands.
Who is this small island state that can not accommodate international delegations ?

Fiji Islands

Definition:

The Republic of Fiji, is a country of Oceania located in the South Pacific Ocean. Total area 18,270 km2. Its population (July 2015) 909 3891 hab. Its capital city and big city: Suva.

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Vuna Reef, Taveuni, Fiji

800px-oceanieSource of the original map:Spiridon Ion Cepleeanu / commons.wikimedia.org

Situation

Clouds Fiji Sky Palm Trees Tropics Sand BeachSource: maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com

Clouds Fiji Sky Palm Trees Tropics Sand Beach

History:

The Fiji Islands were discovered by the explorer Abel Tasman in the seventeenth century, with its ancient Austronesian inhabitants.
In the nineteenth century, the Europeans colonized these islands to occupy them permanently. In 1874, the islands were under British control until their independence on 10 October 1970.

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The Fiji Times Building (Suva)

fijian_policemen_suva_july_67Author: Andy Newton from Shaftesbury . Source:en.wikipedia.org

Fijian policemen, Suva , July 1967

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Parliament Suva


Geography:

Fiji consists of Of the 322 islands and 522 islets, that make up the archipelago, 106 are permanently inhabited. The relief is mountainous, with steep peaks culminating at 1300 meters. The two most important islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.
The islands are mountainous, with peaks up to 1200 m, and covered with tropical forests.
The climate is divided into two major seasons: from November to April, the rainy season, with high humidity and precipitation, especially between December and early April; The dry season or Fijian winter, from May to October, where there is little rain, mild temperatures and less or no cyclones.

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JMLeb Fiji

Ocean Reef Coral Tropical Underwater Fiji NaturalSource: maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com

Ocean Reef Coral Tropical Underwater Fiji Natural

Fiji Palm Trees ResortSource: maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com

Fiji Palm Trees Resort

Peaceful Tranquility Fiji Sea Idyllic BeachSource: maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com

Peaceful Tranquility Fiji Sea Idyllic Beach

the_point_fijiAuthor: on-Eric Melsæter from Oslo, norway . Source: commons.wikimedia.org

The Point (Fiji)

Tropical Sand Pacific Beach Palm Water FijiCanon PowerShot A95. Source: maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com

Tropical Sand Pacific Beach Palm Water Fiji


Economy:

The Fiji Islands, possess one of the most developed economies of the Pacific Islands, with exports of sugar, minerals, fish resources and tourism.

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Mercury House Suva

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Suva bus

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Suva City Walu Bay Industrial

mhcc-the-meeting-point-suvaAuthor: Maksym Kozlenko. Source: fr.wikipedia.org

MHCC the Meeting Point, Suva


Civilization:

The Fiji Islands are celebrated in by:

  • Culture and traditional arts of Fijian and Indian origins.

  • Fiji Museum in the Thurston Gardens in Suva

  • Historic Port of Levuka (World Heritage)

  • Holi or phagua (Festival of Colors) every month February

  • Bula Festival in Nadi, every month July

  • The teams of Fiji rugby, XV, XIII, and XII

fiji_museum_clock_tower_suva_matthiassuessen-7816User:Matthias Süßen . Source:commons.wikimedia.org

Fiji Museum Clock Tower Suva

ratu_sukuna_memorial_govt_bldgs_suvaAuthor: Qiliho . Source: en.wikipedia.org

Ratu Sukuna Memorial, Govt Bldgs, Suva

1024px-music_show_in_fijiAuthor: miguel sanchez – Fiji . Source: en.wikipedia.org

Music show in Fiji

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Rugby : Australie-Fidji

southern_waterfront_suvaAuthor: Qiliho . Source: en.wikipedia.org

Southern Waterfront, Suva





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