Fiji Population 2015

The nation of Fiji is comprised of over 300 islands, although only 110 of those are actually inhabited. Even without those uninhabited territories taken into account, this is a very sparsely populated nation. Fiji is located in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean, about 1,300 miles northeast of New Zealand's North Island. In 2015, Fiji has an estimated population of almost 893,000, which ranks 161st in the world.

The last census in 2007 found Fiji had a population of 837,200. This number is believed to have grown to 893,000 in 2015. Fiji has a population density of 46 people per square kilometer (120/square mile), which ranks 148th in the world. Fiji is comprised of 332 islands, of which 110 are inhabited, as well as 500 islets. Most of the islands were formed by volcanic activity going back about 150 million years. The farthest island is Onu-i-Lau, while the main islands of Vanua Levu and Viti Levu account for 87% of the total population. More than 75% of Fijians live on the coasts of Viti Levu. The terrain makes the interior parts of the island sparsely populated.

Fiji's capital and largest city, Suva, is found on Viti Levu. Suva has a city population of 87,000, although the population is about 175,000 when including the suburbs. Suva and its bordering cities -- Lami, Nausori, and Nasinu -- have a combined population of 330,000, or one out of every three Fijians.

Fiji Demographics

Fiji has been inhabited since the 2nd millennium BC, first by the Austronesians and then the Melanesians. Europeans first came to the area in the 1600's, and the British established the Colony of Fiji in 1874. The country gained independence in 1970.

Fiji's population is comprised mostly of native Fijians, or Melanesians, at 54%. Many native Fijians have Polynesian ancestry as well. Indo-Fijians account for 38% of the population, and they are descended from Indian laborers who were brought to the region by the British in the 1800s. Migration has reduced the percentage of Indo-Fijians dramatically over the last 20 years. Relationships between Indo-Fijians and ethnic Fijians are strained.

About 1% of Fiji's population are Rotuman, who are natives of Rotuma Island.

33% of the population of Fiji were aged between 0 and 14 - a figure that is some way in excess of the worldwide average. In addition, 63% were between the ages of 15 and 64 while just 4% of the country were aged 65 and over – considerably below the average percentages for all countries in the world.

As far as life expectancy is concerned, it is relatively low at 67.94 years for the total population. This is split between males at 65.54 years and females at 70.45 years.

Fiji Population Growth

Estimates from the world fact book are patchy and the population growth rate of 1.4% that is widely reported actually dates back to 2006.

Natural growth figures are even older - originating from 2000 but they are still worth recording here. At that time, it was claimed that there were 23.48 births per 1,000 of the Fiji population alongside 5.78 deaths per 1000. There was also a net loss due to migration out of the country of 3.6 people per 1000.

The growth in population of Fiji is steady but unremarkable. Based on current figures, it may be that numbers finally breach the 900,000 mark by 2020.

Fiji Population Clock

What is the population of Fiji (as of [[date]])? [[getCurrentPopulation()]]
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2015) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 232
Deaths Per Day 90
Net Migrations Per Day -79
Net Change Per Day 63
Population Change Since January 1st [[getPopChangeThisYear()]]
  • Net [[getIncreaseOrDecrease()]] of 1 person every [[getDurationPerPerson()]]

  • Population estimated based on interpolation of World Population Prospects data.

Fiji Population Indicators

Indicator Value World Ranking
Median (Average) Age 27.56 years 100th
Crude Birth Rate 18.752 births/thousand 88th
Crude Death Rate 7.237 deaths/thousand 105th
Crude Net Migration Rate -6.355 people/thousand 184th
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 70.57 years 122nd
Life Expectancy (Male) 67.67 years 118th
Life Expectancy (Female) 73.8 years 123rd
Total Fertility Rate 2.48 children/woman 75th
Net Reproduction Rate 1.17 surviving daughters/woman 76th
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.06 males per female 28th
Infant Mortality Rate 13.336 deaths/1,000 live births 104th
Under Five Mortality 16.615 deaths/thousand 102nd
Mean Age at Childbearing 28.271 years 134th

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision)

Fiji Population Growth

The growth in population of Fiji is steady but unremarkable. Based on current figures, it may be that numbers finally breach the 900,000 mark by 2017.

Fiji Population History

Year Population Male Population Female Population Density (per sq km) Growth Rate
2015 892,145 453,627 438,518 48 0.6026%
2010 859,952 438,923 421,029 47 0.8539%
2005 821,820 419,048 402,772 44 0.6755%
2000 811,223 412,020 399,203 44 0.3681%
1995 775,498 394,119 381,379 42 1.1514%
1990 728,626 370,081 358,545 39 0.9348%
1985 711,663 360,521 351,142 38 0.9628%
1980 635,256 321,611 313,645 34 2.4416%
1975 576,592 291,570 285,022 31 1.878%
1970 520,529 264,724 255,805 28 2.1048%
1965 463,884 236,626 227,258 25 2.6474%
1960 393,383 202,611 190,772 21 3.4403%
1955 334,976 170,635 164,341 18 3.1646%
1950 288,993 150,997 137,996 15 2.4653%

Fiji Population Projections

Year Population Male Population Female Population Density (per sq km) Growth Rate
2020 915,460 463,718 451,742 50 0.3986%
2025 930,804 469,768 461,036 50 0.2463%
2030 940,050 472,758 467,292 51 0.129%
2035 944,062 473,251 470,811 51 0.0179%
2040 942,743 471,409 471,335 51 -0.098%
2045 935,909 467,186 468,723 51 -0.2198%
2050 923,771 460,653 463,118 50 -0.3071%
2055 908,480 452,736 455,744 49 -0.3785%
2060 890,206 443,477 446,729 48 -0.4446%
2065 869,622 433,302 436,320 47 -0.5018%
2070 847,223 422,356 424,868 46 -0.5491%
2075 823,621 410,947 412,674 45 -0.5882%
2080 799,192 399,179 400,013 43 -0.6219%
2085 774,214 387,224 386,990 42 -0.6549%
2090 748,671 374,991 373,680 40 -0.7005%
2095 722,228 362,375 359,853 39 -0.742%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations