Which Continent Is Fiji a Part Of?

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The Republic of the Fiji Islands is a country located in the continent of Oceania and has a land area of 18,333 square kilometers. As of 2012, Fiji has a population of 876,000 people with 167,000 living in the capital city of Suva.

Fiji became independent from British colonial rule on Oct. 10, 1970 and has since adopted a parliamentary democracy form of government. The country's history is marred by multiple coups, with four occurring between 1986 and 2006. In 2009, the country was suspended from the Commonwealth, making it only the second country to be fully suspended from the organization as of 2014.