Suva is the capital and largest city of Fiji. Suva is the commercial and political centre as well as the main port city of Fiji. Fiji is an island group in the South Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand. The climate is tropical marine with only slight seasonal temperature variation. The official language is English. Most Fijians speak English; this is especially true in business circles. Fijian and Hindi are also widely spoken. The main religions are Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. The economy of Fiji is endowed with forest, mineral, and fish resources, and is one of the more developed of the Pacific island economies, though still with a large subsistence sector. Fijians pride themselves on hospitality towards visitors and expatriates. Expatriate business dress is typically lightweight tropical suits for men, while women should dress modestly and avoid wearing hats in villages as this may be perceived as offensive. The security risk for expatriates in Fiji is medium. Risks include general crime, mainly in urban areas. Other risks include high rainfall and flooding. The currency of Fiji is the Fiji Dollar (FJD). Most tourist hotels and restaurants accept credit cards. Not all ATMs accept all international cards. There has been card fraud in the past. Be careful when paying with cards. Medical facilities are adequate for routine treatment. Healthcare providers often require upfront payment. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. Cases of Zika virus and dengue fever have been reported. The population of Suva is 175,000 (2016 est.), while the inflation rate is 0.8% (2016 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in In Suva, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Suva as at 1 April 2016 is average in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: High 2) Clothing: High 3) Communication: Very Low 4) Education: Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: Low 8) Household Accommodation: Average 9) Miscellaneous: Very Low 10) Personal Care: Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Very Low 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low 13) Transport: High Suva is for example -3.1% cheaper than Paris for groceries, 5.7% more expensive for household costs than Toulouse, and 54% more expensive for transport costs than French Guiana. The hardship premium for Suva for an expat from Cologne, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Suva) premium of 30% minus home (Cologne) location premium of 10%. Suva is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship or expat pay in Suva? Register subscribe to your home location and Suva and run your personalised reports.