Fiji has one of the most developed economies in the Pacific due to an abundance of forest, mineral, and fish resources.Today, the main sources of foreign exchange are its tourist industry and sugar exports.Many of the Fijians will get married in a church or another venue with family and friends present, while the Indians tend to get married in a temple or elsewhere that is more representative of their religion (most of the Indians in Fiji are Hindu).
When the High Court ruled in 2009 that the military leadership was unlawful, President Ratu Josefa Iloilo, whom the military had retained as the nominal Head of State, formally abrogated the Constitution and reappointed Bainimarama.
Later in 2009, Iloilo was replaced as President by Ratu Epeli Nailatikau.
They called their home Viti, but the Tongans called it Fisi, and it was by this foreign pronunciation, Fiji, first promulgated by Captain James Cook, that these islands are now known.
Pottery art from Fijian towns shows that Fiji was settled before or around 3500 to 1000 BC, although the question of Pacific migration still lingers.
Fiji is an archipelago of more than 330 islands, of which 110 are permanently inhabited, and more than 500 islets, amounting to a total land area of about 18,300 square kilometres (7,100 sq mi). The two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, account for 87% of the total population of 898,760.
The capital, Suva on Viti Levu, serves as Fiji's principal cruise port.
Fiji's main island is known as Viti Levu and it is from this that the name "Fiji" is derived, though the common English pronunciation is based on that of their island neighbours in Tonga.
Its emergence can be described as follows: Fijians first impressed themselves on European consciousness through the writings of the members of the expeditions of Cook who met them in Tonga.
Over the centuries, a unique Fijian culture developed.
Constant warfare and cannibalism between warring tribes were quite rampant and very much part of everyday life.
Trade between Fiji and neighbouring archipelagos long before European contact is testified by the canoes made from native Fijian trees found in Tonga and Tongan words being part of the language of the Lau group of islands.