Languages of Fiji

  • languages of fiji
    officialenglish, itaukei, fiji hindi

    fiji has three official languages under the 1997 constitution (and not revoked by the 2013 constitution): english, itaukei and hindi. the itaukei language is spoken either as a first or second language by most indigenous fijians who make up around 54% of the population.

    fijians of indian descent make up a further 37%, mainly speaking a local variant of hindi, known as fiji hindi. english, a remnant of british colonial rule over the islands, was the sole official language until 1997 and is widely used in government, business and education as a lingua franca. considerable business is also done in fijian, especially away from larger town centre.

    a small number of other indigenous west fijian and east fijian regional languages are spoken on the islands, standard fijian belonging to the east fijian group. chinese and rotuman are also spoken by immigrant populations.

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Languages of Fiji
OfficialEnglish, iTaukei, Fiji Hindi

Fiji has three official languages under the 1997 constitution (and not revoked by the 2013 Constitution): English, iTaukei and Hindi. The iTaukei language is spoken either as a first or second language by most indigenous Fijians who make up around 54% of the population.

Fijians of Indian descent make up a further 37%, mainly speaking a local variant of Hindi, known as Fiji Hindi. English, a remnant of British colonial rule over the islands, was the sole official language until 1997 and is widely used in government, business and education as a lingua franca. Considerable business is also done in Fijian, especially away from larger town centre.

A small number of other Indigenous West Fijian and East Fijian regional languages are spoken on the islands, standard Fijian belonging to the East Fijian group. Chinese and Rotuman are also spoken by immigrant populations.