Fiji Population 2016

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, 2016) [[getLastEstimate()]]
Births Per Day 46
Deaths Per Day 18
Net Migrations Per Day -16
Net Change Per Day 12
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
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 % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2016 897,536 50.8% 49.2% 49 131 0.56% 160
2015 892,145 50.8% 49.2% 48 131 0.6% 159
2010 859,952 51% 49% 47 126 0.85% 159
2005 821,820 51% 49% 44 126 0.68% 159
2000 811,223 50.8% 49.2% 44 123 0.37% 157
1995 775,498 50.8% 49.2% 42 122 1.15% 157
1990 728,626 50.8% 49.2% 39 120 0.93% 157
1985 711,663 50.7% 49.3% 38 114 0.96% 155
1980 635,256 50.6% 49.4% 34 114 2.44% 155
1975 576,592 50.6% 49.4% 31 112 1.88% 155
1970 520,529 50.9% 49.1% 28 110 2.1% 155
1965 463,884 51% 49% 25 109 2.65% 156
1960 393,383 51.5% 48.5% 21 109 3.44% 155
1955 334,976 50.9% 49.1% 18 111 3.16% 155
1950 288,993 52.2% 47.8% 15 114 2.47% 157

Fiji Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020 915,460 50.7% 49.3% 50 133 0.4% 161
2025 930,804 50.5% 49.5% 50 134 0.25% 162
2030 940,050 50.3% 49.7% 51 137 0.13% 163
2035 944,062 50.1% 49.9% 51 137 0.02% 163
2040 942,743 50% 50% 51 138 -0.1% 163
2045 935,909 49.9% 50.1% 51 137 -0.22% 165
2050 923,771 49.9% 50.1% 50 141 -0.31% 165
2055 908,480 49.8% 50.2% 49 141 -0.38% 165
2060 890,206 49.8% 50.2% 48 145 -0.44% 165
2065 869,622 49.8% 50.2% 47 148 -0.5% 166
2070 847,223 49.9% 50.1% 46 150 -0.55% 166
2075 823,621 49.9% 50.1% 45 153 -0.59% 166
2080 799,192 49.9% 50.1% 43 155 -0.62% 166
2085 774,214 50% 50% 42 154 -0.65% 166
2090 748,671 50.1% 49.9% 40 154 -0.7% 166
2095 722,228 50.2% 49.8% 39 154 -0.74% 166
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations