A Brief Overview Of The Capital City Of Fiji
Suva is the capital of the island nation of Fiji. The city is located on the Viti Levu island’s southeast coast. Suva is regarded as one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the southern Pacific Ocean. As of 2009, the population of Suva is 88,271. A growing expatriate community and foreign students from the Pacific region are an integral part of Suva's population.
How Did Suva Become The Capital Of Fiji?
Suva was initially a tiny village with a small population of indigenous inhabitants. Prior to Suva, Levuka was the capital of Fiji. In 1874, the UK established the Colony of Fiji and shifted the capital from Levuka to Suva. The fact that Levuka was located between the sea and a steep mountain made its expansion impossible. Hence, now Suva served as the capital of Fiji under colonial rule. In 1910, municipal status was granted to Suva and in 1952, Suva was proclaimed to be a city. Since then, the city has rapidly expanded and evolved to become the political, cultural, economic, and educational hub of Fiji.
The Economy Of Suva
Suva is the most important economic hub of Fiji. The capital city of Fiji hosts the headquarters of most major banks operating in the country. Most major non-governmental organizations, government departments, ministeries, and financial institutions operating in the country have their headquarters or offices in this city. Suva's Kings Wharf is a major port of call for many international cruise lines. Suva also hosts several large industrial areas. The shipping industry, printing press, and breweries are well-developed industries in Suva.
Climate Of Suva
The capital of Fiji experiences a warm and humid tropical climate. No month receives rainfall less than 60 mm and the average annual precipitation in Suva is as high as 3,000 mm. July is the driest month of the season. Warm temperatures prevail throughout the year with the average maximum being 28 °C and the average minimum being 22 °C.
Attractions In Suva
Being the capital city of Fiji, Suva is well-developed with modern infrastructure and entertainment facilities. The city features several colonial buildings including the Government House which now houses the President of the country. The Fiji Museum houses an extensive collection of artifacts representing the history of the country. The city also houses 78 parks and gardens, traditional and vibrant shopping centers as well as modern, western-style shopping malls, and also several cultural and sports venues. Suva offers a wide and interesting gastronomic experience to her visitors. Many festivals like the Hibiscus Festival, New Years Street Party, etc., are held throughout the year in the city. Suva also has a lively nightlife with many nightclubs and bars.
Transport Infrastructure In Suva
Suva is served by the Nausori International Airport that connects the city to the most important international airport of the country, the Nadi International Airport. The city’s airport, however, serves smaller international aircraft and has a few flights connecting the city to Auckland in New Zealand. Bus and taxi services operate within the city as the two major means of intra-city transport. These services also connect Fiji’s capital city to nearby cities and towns. A domestic ferry service connects the city to the nearby Fijian islands.
About the Author
Oishimaya is an Indian native, currently residing in Kolkata. She has earned her Ph.D. degree and is presently engaged in full-time freelance writing and editing. She is an avid reader and travel enthusiast and is sensitively aware of her surroundings, both locally and globally. She loves mingling with people of eclectic cultures and also participates in activities concerning wildlife conservation.
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