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 Fiji is 898,800 (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 5.1% for Fiji as at January 2019. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Fiji is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 20%. In addition to income tax, social responsibility tax (SRT) and ECAL is imposed on chargeable income.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Fiji, 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): Fiji as at 1 January 2019 is average in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: Average 3) Communication: Very Low 4) Education: Average 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: Low 8) Household Accommodation: Average 9) Miscellaneous: Average 10) Personal Care: Very Low 11) Recreation & Culture: Low 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Low 13) Transport: Average Fiji is for example 16% more expensive than USA for groceries, -12.9% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 99.6% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Fiji for an expat from Australia, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Fiji) premium of 30% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Fiji is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Fiji? Register subscribe to your home location and Fiji and run your personalised reports.