Overseas Lands of French Polynesia is located in the east of the Oceania continent, with a population of 274,512, making it the
181st largest in national population. Its capital and largest city is Papeete with a total population of 131,695. The country
encompasses 4,167 square kilometers making it the 173rd largest country in total area. It shares boundaries with the South
President Francois Hollande of France is recognized as the chief of state and achieves that status through popular vote and holds
that position for five years. He is represented by High Commissioner of the Republic Richard Didier and is appointed by the
French president on the advice of the French Ministry of Interior. President of French Polynesia Oscar Temaru and President of
the Territorial Assembly Jacqui Drollet recognized as the Heads of Government and they achieve that status through popular
election of the Territorial Assembly or Assemblee Territoriale for a five-year term with no term limits. Its form of government
is an overseas land of France and former overseas territory and they celebrate the creation of their constitution on 4th of
October 1958 (French constitution).
The languages commonly or officially spoken are French, Polynesian, other Asian, other and Unspecified. It counts among its
major religions Protestant, Roman Catholic, other and no religion. As sources of mass communication it has 2 AM, 14 FM, 2
Short Wave and 7 Television stations.
Major geographical features are Mont Orohena, its highest point at 2,241 meters and Pacific Ocean, its lowest point at 0 meters.
Its principal waterway is the South Pacific Ocean, which measures 2,525 kilometers.
Major industries providing for the bulk of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are tourism, pearl, agricultural processing,
handicrafts and phosphate. Its official currency is Comptoirs Francis du Pacifique Franc.
Here’s something you may not know about French Polynesia. The only mammals on French Polynesia islands are those brought
over by human navigators who populated these islands both native and European.
|Stone fish trap in the
South Pacific Ocean-
|Island of Tahiti- French
|Papeete at night-
capital and largest city
|Nuka Hiva in the
|Mont Orohena on
Tahiti Island- French
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Polynesian earth oven
|Maupiti in the Society
|Rangiroa in French
|Rapa Iti in the Tubuai
|Temoe in the Gambier
|Traditional dancers on
Raivavae in the Tubuai
|Mataura River on