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Republic of the Fiji Islands
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Location  Oceania
Capital  Suva
Area  18,274 sq km
Population  926,276
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  • Fiji became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), an organization commenced to deal with the rules of trade between nations, on 14 January 1996.[1]

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  • The Fijian Government on 27 February 2019 extended the 10-year ban on hunting and selling sea turtles which is to continue till the end of this year.

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  • A commonwealth ban on Fiji was partially lifted on 14 March 2014 by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG), allowing the country to compete in Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.[2]

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  • Fiji beat South Africa 33-26 to win IRB World Sevens tournament in Tokyo on 23 March 2014.

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  • Australia and New Zealand on 31 March 2014 lifted all travel sanctions on senior Fijian officials after the South Pacific nation decided to hold elections in September 2014. The bans have been in place since December 2006, following a military coup in the country.[3]


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  • Eileen Cikamatana of Fiji won Weightlifting gold in Women's 90kg category at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

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  • Fiji was qualified for the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015 after beating Solomon Islands 2-1 at the OFC U-20 Championship on 31 May 2014.[4]


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  • Fiji was crowed champions of the World Rugby Seven Series on 2 June 2019, after wining the Paris Cup final 35-24 over New Zealand.[5]

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  • Fiji and other thirty-seven countries met internationally-set hunger eradication targets set for 2015 to halve the percentage of hungry people well ahead of time, the United Nations food agency revealed on 12 June 2013.[6]

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  • Fiji's ambassador to the United Nations, Peter Thomson, was elected as President of the 71st UN General Assembly session on 13 June 2016. Peter became the first person from the Pacific islands to hold the position.[7]

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  • Fiji's Sisi Initiative Site Support Group was honored with the 2012 Equator Prize by the United Nations for their outstanding contributions to sustainable development for the local indigenous landowners.[8]

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  • Alzima Elisha Bano of Fiji received the Queen's Young Leaders Award on 22 June 2015 from Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth to make young people more aware of local issues that affect their community.[9]
  • The Levuka Historical Port Town in Fiji was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List on 22 June 2013. It is the first site of Fiji being added to the World Heritage List.[10]

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  • Fiji's flag carrier airline Air Pacific on 24 June 2013 announced a ban on the carriage of shark fins and shark-related products sourced from unsustainable and unverified sources. In future, the airline will only accept shipments of such products from sustainable sources - where individual shark species are not threatened - and will work with stakeholders to institute an independently verifiable process to achieve this.

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  • Fiji claimed gold in both men’s and women’s hockey at the 2015 Pacific Games. Fiji women and men beat Papua New Guinea 9-4 and Vanuatu 15-1 respectively.
  • Fijian women beat Papua New Guinea to claim gold at the 2015 Pacific Games netball final at the PNG Power Dome.

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  • Australia and New Zealand restored diplomatic ties with Fiji on 30 July 2012 after expelling each other's top envoys in 2009 over a military coup in Fiji. The declaration came as Fiji announced plans to finalize a constitution ahead of national elections in 2014.[11]

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  • Fiji won their first ever Olympic medal beating Great Britain 43-7 in men's rugby sevens for gold at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.

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  • Fiji’s Iliesa Delana created history after winning the country’s and the Pacific’s first ever gold medal at the Paralympics in the F42 Men's High Jump on 3 September 2012 in London.[12]

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  • Fijians on 17 September 2014 voted in a national election for the first time after 8 years of military rule, promising to finally restore democracy in the country.

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  • Fijian rugby team defeated Samoa 31-24 in final of the 2014 Gold Coast Sevens to win round one of the HSBC Sevens World Series and take an early lead in the race for Olympic qualification.

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  • Fiji was admitted as a member of the United Nations (UN) on 13 October 1970.

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  • Fiji was readmitted to Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), a global parliamentary community, on 18 October 2015 in recognition to the ongoing efforts to cement democracy in the country. Fiji was expelled from the IPU in 2007 after parliament was dissolved following the 2006 coup.[13]

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  • Australia on 31 October 2014 lifted the final sanctions against Fiji, including on trade and weapons sale, after elections in the Pacific island nation last month ended eight years of military rule.[14]


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  • The Green Climate Fund (GCF) on 6 November 2015 approved a $31 million climate adaptation grant for the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) planned Fiji Urban Water Supply and Wastewater Management Project that will benefit a third of the country’s population of 860,000.[15]

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  • Fiji and Vanuatu signed a volunteer scheme agreement on 11 December 2013 that will see the engagement of experienced teachers from Fiji to work in Vanuatu.[16]

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  • Fijian government’s ban on the export of live coral came into effect on 28 December 2017 in an attempt to protect the Pacific nation's reefs.

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  • A study by polling organization WIN/Gallup surveying people in 65 countries has found Fiji is the happiest nation, with 93% of residents expressing contentment, as revealed on 30 December 2014.

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