A commercial hub, a political center, a harbor city built on a peninsula and its country’s major port, Suva serves as the capital for the Republic of Fiji in the South Pacific Ocean. Most of Fiji’s financial institutions and government have their headquarters in the capital city.
Suva’s Kings Wharf is the site for much of its country’s shipping industry. Fiji exported US$926.1 million worth of goods in 2016. Its highest-value exported products are processed petroleum oil, mineral and aerated waters, sugar, fish, gold and timber according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Suva, Fiji: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Fiji Museum, Colo-I-Suva Forest Park, Suva Municipal Market, Sacred Heart Cathedral and the ANZ National Stadium
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Suva, Fiji:
- Craig Parker, actor (born Nov. 12, 1970)
- Waisale Serevi, rugby & coach (born May 20, 1968)
- Jone Usamate, government minister (born Apr. 2, 1962)
- Harry Apted, cricket player (born Apr. 30, 1925)
- Tony Philp, Olympic windsurfer (born Jun. 14, 1969)
- Owen Sheers, poet (born Sep. 20, 1974)
- Hector Hatch, Olympic boxer (born Aug. 10, 1936)
- Nalini Krishan, actress (born Aug. 30, 1977)
- Rob Elder, Olympic archer (born Apr. 25, 1981)
- David Raikuna, rugby player (born Aug. 24, 1987)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a resident of Fiji: Fijian
Population: 176,000 (Suva)
Density: 223 people per square mile (86 per square kilometer)
Population: 600,000 (Viti Levu Island)
Density: 150 people per square mile (58 per square kilometer)
Population: 915,303 (Fiji)
Density: 130 people per square mile (50 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$8.374 billion in 2016 (for Fiji, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person:$9,400
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Suva were unavailable.
Official currency used in Suva: Fijian dollar
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 20, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 20, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on January 20, 2017
Official Government Website, Suva City Council. Accessed on January 20, 2017
The World Factbook, Australia-Oceania: Fiji, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 20, 2017
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas – Population, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 20, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 20, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Suva. Accessed on January 20, 2017
Wikipedia, Viti Levu. Accessed on January 20, 2017
Wikipedia, Fiji. Accessed on January 20, 2017
Suva’s built-up urban land area measures 791 square miles (2,047 square kilometers) with an estimated population of 176,000 residents in 2014 based on the Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook.
The capital city is located on Viti Levu, Fiji’s biggest island with a land territory equal to 4,011 square miles (10,388 square kilometers). Viti Levu’s population is about 600,000 people.
At the country level, Fiji’s population was 915,303 inhabitants living over a total 7,056 square miles (18,274 square kilometers) as of July 2016.
Population density is higher within Fiji’s capital city Suva with an average 223 residents per square mile (86 per square kilometer).
On the island on which Suva is located, density for the larger Viti Levu is lower at 150 inhabitants per square mile (58 per square kilometer).
For Fiji overall, population density drops significantly to an average 130 people per square mile (50 per square kilometer).
Fiji won its independence from the United Kingdom on October 10, 1970. Fijians celebrate independence each October 10 on the public holiday known as Fiji Day.