Astronaut Chiristina Koch captured from ISS Fiji. The photo shows the western end of Viti Levu Island where the capital Suva is located.
Fiji is an island country in Melanesia, part of Oceania in the South Pacific Ocean about 2,000km northeast of New Zealand’s North Island. Fiji consists of an archipelago of more than 330 islands—of which 110 are permanently inhabited—and more than 500 islets, and the two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, account for 87% of the total population of 883,483. About three-quarters of Fijians live on Viti Levu’s coasts, either in Suva or in smaller urban centres such as Nadi—where tourism is the major local industry or Lautoka, where the sugar-cane industry is paramount. Europeans visited Fiji from the 17th century onwards, and, after a brief period as an independent kingdom, the British established the Colony of Fiji in 1874. Fiji operated as a Crown colony until 1970, when it gained independence as the Dominion of Fiji. Fiji has one of the most developed economies in the Pacific thanks to its abundant forest, mineral, and fish resources.
The local scenery on the ground is as follows.