Fijian Culture

Communication

Verbal

  • Swearing: Swearing is not common in Fiji. It usually only comes from those who have had a lot of Western exposure.
  • Soft Voices: Fijians tend to speak at a softer volume and with a calm tone. It’s uncommon to hear someone raise their voice because they are emotional. People usually only shout to signal and catch someone’s attention across the street, and not in conversation.


Non-Verbal

  • Head: The head is considered to be the most sacred part of the body. Therefore, it is inappropriate to touch someone else’s. Do not pat or stroke anyone’s head – including children.
  • Eye Contact: Fijians tend to hold direct eye contact quite intensely.
  • Physical Contact: Fijian women tend to be relatively comfortable touching one another. However, apart from that, there is generally no physical contact between people during interactions. It is generally considered inappropriate for couples to show public displays of affection (especially outside of urban areas).
  • Beckoning: Beckoning is done by facing the palm of the hand to the ground and waving the fingers towards yourself. Individual fingers should not be used.
  • Pointing: Avoid pointing to people with your index finger, but gesture with your open hand instead.
  • Feet: One’s feet should not be pointed at the chief of a village or a kava bowl at a ceremony.
  • Agreement: One raising their eyebrows casually signifies “Yes”.
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Fiji
  • Population
    915,303
    [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
    78
    14
    46
    48
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  • Australians with Fijian Ancestry
    50,509 [2016 census]
Fijians in Australia
  • Population
    61,469
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Fiji.
  • Average Age
    41
  • 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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