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August 30, 2009

The Fijian Islands

Fiji is one of the most beautiful islands in the world and is known for its beautiful beaches and majestic scenery. Although Fiji has a romantic and majestic image, there are many facts you should know before embarking on a business adventure in the islands. First, Fiji is officially called the Republic of the Fijian Islands, which consists of 322 islands and 522 islets located in the Pacific Ocean. (Fiji) Many of the small islands are coral formations just above sea level and are uninhabited. The countries motto is Rerevaka na Kalou ka Doka na Tui which means “Fear God and Honour the Queen”. The island of Fiji is located in Greenwich Mean Time and is on the left side of the International Date Line which means that when it is Noon in the Pacific Standard time zone then it will be 7am the following day in Fiji.(Fiji) Knowing this information is very important before we are able to do business in a country, but it is not the only thing. We must know where the country is located and many of its most important attributes.

When looking at a map, you will find the islands located near the continent of Australia/Oceania. There are a large number of islands scattered about to the east of Australia but Fiji precise location is 18 degree 00S latitude and 175 degrees 00E longitude. (CIA) (see Fig.1) The Pacific Ocean has been split into three regions, which are Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia. Fiji belongs to the region of Melanesia which includes islands such as the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Papua, and Tonga. Fiji is located to east of Vanuatu and to the west of Tonga, with whom Fiji shares its nautical borders. (world ) The border of Fiji extends out 12 nautical miles from the island. (See fig.1)

In the small map of Fiji (see fig.2) you can see the two main islands which are Viti Levu and Vanua Leva. These two islands house the majority of the population of Fiji. The island of Viti...
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