Fiji. The tropical cyclone Winston, which swept over Fiji in February, was the worst that ever hit the country. The strongest wind gusts reached forces of about 85 meters per second, whipping up twelve high waves. Some 40 people perished and the material devastation was extensive. According to countryaah, the current population of Fiji is 896,456. About 40,000 houses were completely damaged or destroyed and in some cases entire villages were leveled. According to thereligionfaqs, of Fiji’s just over 900,000 residents, 350,000 were estimated to have been affected by the cyclone. To finance the reconstruction of, among other things, the infrastructure, Fiji borrowed $ 50 million each from the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Just a week before Winston withdrew across the country, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama faced the threat of being dismissed by a vote of no confidence in Parliament. However, this resulted in strong support for Bainimarama. In August, he temporarily took over as Minister of Defense since Timoci Lesi Natuva resigned. The following month Ratu Inoke Kubuabola was appointed new Minister of Defense and Bainimarama himself took over his previous assignment as Foreign Minister.
Area: 18,272 km2 (world rank: 152)
Population density: 50 per km2 (as of 2017, world rank: 158)
Official languages: Fijian, Hindi, English
Gross domestic product: 5.1 billion US $; Real growth: 3.8%
Gross national product (GNP, per resident and year): US$ 4970
Currency: 1 Fiji dollar ($ F) = 100 cents
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Head of State: Jioji Konousi “George” Konrote, Head of Government and outside: Josaia Voreqe “Frank” Bainimarama
National holiday: 10.10.
4 districts, one area with special
Form of Government
Constitution of 2013
Parliament with 50 members, elections every 4 years
election of the head of state by Parliament every 3 years (second term)
Voting age 18 years
Population: Fijians, last census 2017: 884,887 residents.
57% Melanesians, 38% Indians; Rotumas, Chinese, Europeans and other
Cities (with population): (as of 2007) Suva 172,948 inh., Lautoka 52,742, Nausori 48,111, Nadi 42,712, Labasa 27,450, Lami 20,223
Religions: 65% Christians (especially Methodists), 28% Hindus, 6% Muslims among others (status: 2006)
Languages: Fijian (Melanesian language), Hindi, English
Employees by economic sector: no information
Unemployment (in% of all economically active persons)
Inflation rate (in%): 2017: 3.4%
Foreign trade: Import: 2.4 billion US $ (2017); Export: US $ 1.0 billion (2017)