The flag of Fiji is a bright blue field which symbolizes the Pacific Ocean. The ocean plays an important role in the life of islands because the country lives by fishing and tourism. The is a Union Jack on the flag reflecting the country`s dependence on the UK. At the right part of the flag, there is a white circle with a national coat of arms inside. There are a red cross and a red chief inside.
The national flag of Fiji was adopted 10 October 1971. The flag has been slightly changed since the colonial period in the country`s history. When Fiji has declared Republic there were attempts to change the flag but they were abandoned. A national contest to choose the best design of the flag was announced and more than 2000 variants were sent. But the government announced unselectively soon after that that there is no need to change the national symbol because the colonial symbols must be regarded as an integral part of the country`s past and future. Since then a national coat of arms was adopted. On the coat of arms, there is a British lion holding a coconut between its paws.
Total area:18,274 km2
Formation:10. 10. 1970
Currency:fijian dollar (FJD)