Fiji is one of the most developed economies in the Pacific, relying heavily on its tourism and sugar industries.
Since independence from Britain in 1970, rivalry between the indigenous Fijian and the ethnic Indian communities has been at the root of much of the political upheaval in the country.
In 2014, Frank Bainimarama was sworn in as prime minister, eight years after seizing power in a military coup.
- Republic of the Fiji Islands
- Capital: Suva
- Population 876,000
- Area 18,376 sq km (7,095 sq miles)
- Major languages English, Fijian, Hindi
- Major religions Christianity, Hinduism, Islam
- Life expectancy 67 years (men), 72 years (women)
- Currency Fijian dollar