Fiji is formed from a set of different islands that contain smaller islets. It has a land mass of around 18,000 square kilometers. There are two major islands in the country. These two islands are Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. The country has a population of around 860,000 which is mostly inhabited on these two islands. One of the best things to do in Fiji is to enjoy its water sports facilities. Fiji has a very developed economy because it has a number of natural resources such as minerals and fish. It also exports sugar which brings in foreign exchange in the country. Most of the population on different islands is found close to the shores as the forest terrain inside the lands is not suitable for living. The local currency is the Fijian Dollar. The country has a structure of government where there are city councils and town councils which are supervised by the Ministry of Local Government. Fiji Islands were most probably formed due to volcanic activity that occurred over 150 million years ago. Historical records indicate that the islands had been inhabited around 2000 BC.
The first settlers to the region are supposed to be Melanesians as well as Austronesians. Europeans only became aware of these islands in the 17th Century. Fiji was governed by the British Crown when the United Kingdom captured it in 1874. Fiji became a republic finally in 1987 although it had gained independence from the British in 1970. One of the things to do in Fiji is to still see the signs of Commonwealth identity. The country has faced troubles of political unrest but now seems to be in a period of prosperity with the economy growing greatly from both agriculture and the tourism industry. Fiji is an amazing place and some of the things to do in Fiji are to see its pottery art of the historical times. The name of the country is based on the main island of Viti Levu.
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