French Polynesia

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French Polynesia
Flag of French Polynesia
Overseas collectivity flag
Coat of arms of French Polynesia
Coat of arms
Anthem: La Marseillaise(official) Ia Ora 'O Tahiti Nui(unofficial)
Location of French Polynesia
Capital Papeetē
Largest city Fa'a'a
Official languages French
Ethnic groups (1988[1])
Demonym French Polynesian
Government Dependent territory
François Hollande
Gaston Flosse
Jean-Pierre Laflaquière
Overseas collectivity of France
• Overseas collectivity
• Total
4,167 km2 (1,609 sq mi) (173rd)
• Water (%)
• Jan 2010 estimate
267,000 (177th)
• Aug 2007 census
259,596 (177th)
• Density
63/km2 (163.2/sq mi) (130th)
GDP (nominal) 2006 estimate
• Total
US$5.65 billion (not ranked)
• Per capita
US$21,999 (not ranked)
Currency CFP franc (XPF)
Time zone (UTC-10, −9:30, -9)
Drives on the right
Calling code +689
ISO 3166 code PF
Internet TLD .pf
  1. Light European and/or East Asian.
  2. Mostly French.
  3. Mixed European and Polynesian descent.
  4. Mostly Chinese.

French Polynesia (French: Polynésie française, Tahitian: Porinetia Farani) is a French "overseas collectivity" (French: collectivité d'outre mer, or COM) with the particular designation of "overseas country" (French: pays d'outre-mer, or POM) in the southern Pacific Ocean.

The country is made up of several groups of Polynesian islands. The most well-known is Tahiti, the most populous island, which is in the Society Islands group. The capital of the territory, Papeete, is also there.

Although it does not really belong in the territory, French Polynesia is in charge of affairs for Clipperton Island.

Other island groups include:

Aside from Tahiti, some other important atolls, islands, and island groups in French Polynesia are: Ahe, Bora Bora, Hiva `Oa, Huahine, Maiao, Maupiti, Mehetia, Moorea, Nuku Hiva, Raiatea, Tahaa, Tetiaroa, Tubuai, and Tupai.

References[change | change source]

  1. Most recent ethinc census, in 1988. "Frontières ethniques et redéfinition du cadre politique à Tahiti" (PDF). Retrieved 31 May 2011.