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Overseas Lands of French Polynesia

Pays d'outre-mer de la Polynesie Francaise

Location a group of 118 islands and atolls in the South Pacific, about half way between South America and Australia

location on the map

Total Area 1,608 sq mi (4,167 sq km)
Highest Point Mont Orohena; 7,352 ft (2,241 m)
Lowest Point sea level
Natural Resources timber, fish, cobalt, hydropower


Nationality French Polynesian
Population (July 2015 est)
Ethnic Groups Polynesian, Chinese, local French, metropolitan French
Religions Protestant, Roman Catholic
Languages French (official), Polynesian (official)

Capital Papeete (Tahiti)
Present Constitution Adopted October 4, 1958 (French)
Form of Government overseas lands of France
Chief of State French President
Emmanuel Macron (since May 14, 2017), represented by High Commissioner of the Republic Rene Bidall (since May 30, 2016)
Head of Government President of French Polynesia Edouard Fritch (since September 12, 2014)
Cabinet Council of Ministers
Legislature unicameral Territorial Assembly (Assemblee Territoriale)
Judiciary Court of Appeal (Cour d'Appel); Court of the First Instance (Tribunal de Premiere Instance); Court of Administrative Law (Tribunal Administratif)
Administrative Divisions five archipelagic divisions

Currency Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique francs (XPF)
Per Capita Income
Industries tourism, pearls, agricultural processing, handicrafts, phosphates
Agricultural Products
fish; coconuts, vanilla, vegetables, fruits, coffee; poultry, beef, dairy products
Export Commodities cultured pearls, coconut products, mother-of-pearl, vanilla, shark meat
Import Commodities fuels, foodstuffs, machinery and equipment

National Holiday Bastille Day; July 14 (1789)
Flag two narrow red horizontal bands encase a wide white band; centered on the white band is a disk with a blue and white wave pattern on the lower half and a gold and white ray pattern on the upper half; a stylized red, blue, and white ship rides on the wave pattern

flag of French Polynesia

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