|Ethnic groups (1988)|
|Overseas collectivity of France|
• Overseas collectivity
|4,167 km2 (1,609 sq mi) (173rd)|
• Water (%)
• Jan 2010 estimate
• Aug 2007 census
|63/km2 (163.2/sq mi) (130th)|
|GDP (nominal)||2006 estimate|
|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|
|ISO 3166 code||PF|
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:
- Austral Islands
- Bass Islands often considered part of the Austral Islands
- Gambier Islands often considered part of the Tuamotu Archipelago
- Marquesas Islands
- Society Islands (including Tahiti)
- Tuamotu Archipelago
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]
- Most recent ethinc census, in 1988. "Frontières ethniques et redéfinition du cadre politique à Tahiti" (PDF). Retrieved 31 May 2011.
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