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, but for confirmed statistics, you have to go back to the last nationwide census which was carried out in 2007.
Fiji Population 2014
At the time, the census confirmed that the population of Fiji in 2007 had reached 837,271. A subsequent estimate carried out in 2009 claimed that those numbers had increased to 849,000 and this would make Fiji the 154th most populous country on earth.
Based on those increases, you could assume that the Fiji population of 2012 was just approaching the 875,000 mark for the first time in the country's history and the 2014 number would be 891,000.
As for population density, the surface area of Fiji equates to 18,274 square kilometres (7,056 square miles) and this makes the country the 155th largest in the world. Based on the 2009 estimates, the density figures are consistent with the nation's size.
For every square kilometre of Fiji territory, there is an average of 46.4 people living here. That equates to 120.3 people per square mile and it makes Fiji the 148th largest country in terms of population density alone.
Fiji Population Demographics
The CIA World Factbook has produced some interesting figures in relation to age groups, natural growth and life expectancy within the country. Based on an earlier population figure of 827,900, it gives us the following statistics:
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 Rate
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.
Fiji Population Projections
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.