French Polynesia

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French Polynesia
Flag of French Polynesia
Flag
Coat of arms of French Polynesia
Coat of arms
Motto: 
Location of French Polynesia
Status Overseas collectivity
Capital Pape'ete
17°34′S 149°36′W / 17.567°S 149.600°W / -17.567; -149.600
Largest city Fa'a'ā
Official languages French
Ethnic groups (2015[1])
Demonym French Polynesian
Government Dependent territory
Emmanuel Macron
Édouard Fritch
René Bidal
Legislature Assembly
Overseas collectivity of France
1842
1946
• Overseas collectivity
2003
Area
• Total
4,167 km2 (1,609 sq mi) (unranked)
• Water (%)
12
• Land area[2]
3,521.2 km2
1,359.5 sq mi
Population
• July 2016 estimate
280,208[3]
• August 2012 census
268,270[4] (177th)
• Density
76/km2 (196.8/sq mi) (130th)
GDP (nominal) 2014 estimate
• Total
US$5.623 billion (not ranked)
• Per capita
US$20,098 (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

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. "French Polynesia". CIA The World Factbook. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  2. "R1- Population sans doubles comptes, des subdivisions, communes et communes associées de Polynésie française, de 1971 à 1996". ISPF. Archived from the original on 14 November 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  3. "World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision". ESA.UN.org (custom data acquired via website). United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  4. "Population des communes de Polynésie française". INSEE. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 

Notes

  1. Referred to in the source as "local French"
  2. Referred to in the source as "metropolitan French"