The current flag of Fiji was adopted on 10 October 1970. It is a defaced sky-blue "Blue Ensign".
It has remained unchanged since Fiji was declared a republic in 1987, despite calls from some politicians for changes.
Its bright blue background symbolizes the Pacific Ocean, which plays an important part in the lives of the islanders, both in terms of the fishing industry, and the huge tourist trade.
The Union Jack reflects the country's links with the United Kingdom.
The shield is derived from the country's official coat of arms, which was originally granted by Royal Warrant in 1908.
It is a white shield with a red cross and a red chief (upper third of a shield). The images depicted on the shield represent agricultural activities on the islands, and the historical associations with the United Kingdom.
At the top of the shield, a British lion holds a cocoa pod between its paws.
The upper left is sugar cane, upper right is a coconut palm, lower left a dove of peace, and the lower right a bunch of bananas.
Ensigns of Fiji
|Government ensign||Naval Ensign|
|Merchant Ensign||Civil Air Ensign|