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The population of Fiji at the end of June, 1996 was 775,000. The multicultural society is comprised of indigenous Fijians, as well as people of Indian, European and Chinese descent. More than 60 per cent live in the rural areas. According to the 1996 statistics, the main urban centres were populated as follows - Suva (the capital) - 205,695, Lautoka - 51,302, Labasa - 20,599, and Nadi - 17,546. Visit the Bureau of Statistics website for further statistical information.
LANGUAGE & EDUCATION
English is the official language spoken in Fiji. Other languages commonly spoken include Fijian, Hindi and Rotuman, Gibertese and Chinese.
A large number of non-government and government schools provide primary and secondary education. The Fiji school system is based on the New Zealand curriculum, which until 1989 allowed students to sit for New Zealand high school exams. There is now a Fiji School Certificate System. An international school operates in Suva, catering to local and overseas students up to Form 7. Another international school in Nadi caters for the younger ages only.
Tertiary education is provided in Suva at the regional University of the South Pacific (USP), the Fiji School of Medicine, the Fiji School of Agriculture, School of Maritime Studies, as well as 3 teacher training colleges. Technical training is available at the Fiji Institute of Technology, while short courses are run by the Fiji National Training Council.
The main religions in Fiji are Christianity (52.9%), Hinduism (38.1%) and Islam (7.8%). The majority of indigenous Fijians are Methodists. Other Christian denominations include: Anglican, Apostolic Church, Assembly of God, Baptist, Church of Latter Day Saints, Jehovah's Witness, Protestant, Roman Catholic and Seventh Day Adventist.