Fiji Population 2017

901,986

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 in 2017Source: NevilleS

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision, Medium Variant)

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 Density

Name Population
Ahau
Levuka8,360
Ba14,596
Labasa27,949
Nadi42,284
Lautoka52,500
Suva77,366

About Fiji

Official NameRepublic of Fiji
Languages SpokenFiji Hindi, English, Fijian
Borders
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude-18175
Currencies UsedFJD

Fiji Population Clock

What is the population of Fiji (as of August 21, 2017)?901,986
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)902547
Births Per Day9
Deaths Per Day4
Net Migrations Per Day -16
Net Change Per Day -11
Population Change Since January 1st-2,552

Fiji Population Indicators

IndicatorValueWorld Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 18.937 births/thousand92
Crude Death Rate 7.177 deaths/thousand111
Crude Net Migration Rate -6.355 people/thousand181
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 70.488 years128
Male Life Expectancy 67.602 years126
Female Life Expectancy 73.715 years130
Total Fertility Rate 2.491 children/woman78
Net Reproduction Rate 1.17 surviving daughters/woman79
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.06 males per female28
Infant Mortality Rate 13.636 deaths/1,000 live births105
Under Five Mortality 16.97 deaths/thousand103
Mean Age at Childbearing 28.271 years143
Rate of Natural Increase 11.515 100
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 5.499 %100
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 6.732 %99
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 4.177 %110
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 19.968 %131
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 24.729 %130
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 14.82 %128
Crude Suicide Rate 5.9 suicides/thousand104
Median Age (Total) 28.6 years120
Median Age (Female) 28.8 years117
Median Age (Male) 28.4 years119

Fiji Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017902,54750.766%49.234%491570.51%160
2015892,14550.847%49.153%481570.6%159
2010859,95251.04%48.96%471520.85%159
2005821,82050.99%49.01%441520.68%159
2000811,22350.79%49.21%441490.37%157
1995775,49850.821%49.179%421481.15%157
1990728,62650.792%49.208%391460.93%157
1985711,66350.659%49.341%381400.96%155
1980635,25650.627%49.373%341402.44%155
1975576,59250.568%49.432%311381.88%155
1970520,52950.857%49.143%281352.1%155
1965463,88451.01%48.99%251352.65%156
1960393,38351.505%48.495%211353.44%155
1955334,97650.939%49.061%181383.16%155
1950288,99352.249%47.751%151432.47%157

Fiji Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020915,46050.654%49.346%501590.4%161
2025930,80450.469%49.531%501610.25%162
2030940,05050.291%49.709%511640.13%163
2035944,06250.129%49.871%511640.02%163
2040942,74350.004%49.996%51165-0.1%163
2045935,90949.918%50.082%51164-0.22%165
2050923,77149.867%50.133%50168-0.31%165
2055908,48049.834%50.166%49169-0.38%166
2060890,20649.817%50.183%48173-0.44%166
2065869,62249.826%50.174%47176-0.5%168
2070847,22349.852%50.148%46178-0.55%168
2075823,62149.895%50.105%45181-0.59%168
2080799,19249.948%50.052%43183-0.62%168
2085774,21450.015%49.985%42182-0.65%169
2090748,67150.088%49.912%40182-0.7%169
2095722,22850.175%49.825%39182-0.74%170
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations