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Embassy of the Republic of Fiji
2000 M St. NW
Washington , DC

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Fiji is located in the South Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand, or roughly 5521 miles from Los Angeles and 7978 miles from New York. It is an island group with a total landmass of 7054 square miles (18,270 square kilometers) and a population of nearly 850,000. The climate is tropical marine with only slight seasonal temperature variation. Cyclonic storms can occur from November to January. The terrain is mostly mountains of volcanic origin. The highest point is Tomanivi at 4343 feet (1,324 meters) above sea level.

Fiji gained independence from Britain on October 10, 1970, after nearly a century as a British colony. The country is a democratically governed republic with a legal system based on British law. It became a republic in 1987 and continues to be a member of the Commonwealth. The country is also an active member of the international community. On a per-capita basis, Fiji contributes more troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions than any other country. It's sent military forces to Kosovo, East Timor and Sinai as well as observer missions to Kuwait and Papua New Guinea.

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