Fijian Culture

Other Considerations

  • Expect most businesses to close on Sunday, as it is the day many people attend church.
  • Interaction between men and women who are not married or related is kept modest. They usually avoid being seen walking together if they go to the same place, with the woman falling in step behind the man instead of next to him.
  • Women rarely have a licence or learn to drive in Fiji.
  • Alcohol may banned in some villages of Fiji and not drunk publicly. Some Fijians may have a low tolerance to alcohol in which case the drinking culture of Australia can be a shock.
  • Every village has a ‘ladies’ area. This is a private place only women may enter. Entering the ladies’ area without permission warrants punishment by the chief.
  • Rugby is a point of unity for Fijian society. The love of the game and support of the national team is shared across all cultural, ethnic and religious barriers.
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  • Population
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    English (official)
    Fijian (official)
    Fiji Hindi (official)
  • Religions
    Protestant Christianity (45%)
    Hindiusm (27.9%)
    Other Christianity (10.4%)
    Catholic Christianity (9.1%)
    Islam (6.3%)
    Other (1.4%)
    [2007 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    iTaukei (56.8%)
    Indian (37.5%)
    Rotuman (1.2%)
    Other (4.5%)
    [2007 est.]
  • Cultural Dimensions
  • Australians with Fijian Ancestry
    50,509 [2016 census]
Fijians in Australia
  • Population
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Fiji.
  • Average Age
  • Gender
    Male (53.7%)
    Female (46.3%)
  • Religion
    Hinduism (46.5%)
    Islam (12.6%)
    Catholic Christianity (9.1%)
    Uniting Church Christianity (7%)
    No Religion (5%)
    Other (24.9%)
  • Ancestry
    Indian (39.4%)
    Fijian (20.1%)
    Fijian Indian (17.6%)
    English (4.9%)
    Other (18%)
  • Languages Spoken at Home
    Hindi (56.9%)
    English (23.2%)
    Fijian (9.7%)
    Southern Asian Languages (2.3%)
    Other (7.9%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 94.9% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    Queensland (39.7%)
    New South Wales (23.6%)
    Victoria (16.6%)
    Western Australia (14.6%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (66.3%)
    2001-2006 (16.6%)
    2007-2011 (13.4%)
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