Fiji - Country Guide for Expats

Capital City

Suva

Currency

Fijian Dollar

(1 FJD = 32.40 INR)

(1 FJD = 0.42 USD)

President

Jioji Konrote

Official language

Fijian, Fiji Hindi & English

Government

Fiji Labour Party, Freedom Alliance, HOPE, National Federation Party, Social Democratic Liberial Party, Unity Fiji Party

Population

9.22 lakhs (2019)

Time Difference to India

Fiji is 06.30 hours ahead of India









Capital City- Suva: Suva is the political, economic, and cultural centre of Fiji.  Suva’s economic activities include tourism (encouraged by its status as a free port) and light manufacturing such as cigarette making and soapmaking, copra crushing, baking, and brewing. The city is home to the country’s newspaper and periodical publishers and its broadcasting facilities.

Cultural and Social Environment: Fiji's culture is a rich mosaic of indigenous Fijian, Indo-Fijian, Asian and European traditions. Fiji is entirely safe for expats and surely a beach lover’s nirvana. There are multiple Clubs, Beach, Bars, Resorts, Coral Reefs, Indian restaurants and supermarkets. Fiji has a large ethnic Indian minority, and Bollywood films are popular, with some being dubbed in Fijian

Educational Facilities: There are primary schools and secondary schools spread across the public and private sectors in Fiji, most expats choose to send their children to a private school. While public schools in Fiji are open to expats, the curriculum and educational standards can often be erratic. Thus, most expats send their kids to the international schools located in either Suva or Nadi.

Medical Facilities: Fiji has both public and private healthcare options, most expats use small private hospitals in Suva and Nadi. These offer a good basic standard of healthcare; however, they are limited in terms of their diagnostic, specialist and surgical abilities. Thus, expats should ensure they have health insurance that includes repatriation to hospitals in Australia and New Zealand, if necessary, especially in complicated or emergency cases. 

Major Industries:  Fiji’s primary industry are Tourism, Agriculture, Mining, Fisheries, and Manufacturing. Manufacturing is one of the most thriving sectors, these include the manufacture of textiles, garments, footwear, sugar, tobacco, food processing, beverages and woodbased industries.

Political EnvironmentThe political situation in Fiji has been somewhat turbulent. With the successful implementation of a new constitution in 2013, it has started seeing a resurgence of employment opportunities. Economy has been doing well for the past few years compared to several decades.

Job Opportunities for Expats: Jobs for expats in Fiji are readily available. Expats are often employed in education, tourism, manufacturing and the NGO sectors. It can be difficult for foreigners to get a work permit for Fiji, so potential expats should ensure that they have their documentation ready before they move. Expat accommodation in the main cities of Suva and Nadi is relatively expensive. Average cost of living per month for a single person is approximately USD1000 per month.

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