French Polynesia

French overseas country in the southern Pacific Ocean

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.

French Polynesia
Flag of French Polynesia
Coat of arms of French Polynesia
Coat of arms
Anthem: La Marseillaise (French)
’Ia ora ’o Tahiti Nui (Tahitian)
Location of French Polynesia
StatusOverseas collectivity
17°34′S 149°36′W / 17.567°S 149.600°W / -17.567; -149.600
Largest cityFa'a'ā
Official languagesFrench
Ethnic groups
Demonym(s)French Polynesian
GovernmentDependent territory
Emmanuel Macron
Édouard Fritch
René Bidal
Overseas collectivity of France
• Overseas collectivity
• Total
4,167 km2 (1,609 sq mi) (unranked)
• Water (%)
• Land area[2]
3,521.2 km2
1,359.5 sq mi
• July 2021 estimate
• August 2012 census
268,270[5] (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)
CurrencyCFP franc (XPF)
Time zoneUTC-10, −9:30, -9
Driving sideright
Calling code+689
ISO 3166 codePF

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

  1. "French Polynesia". CIA The World Factbook. Archived from the original on 15 May 2016. 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 2022". United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. Retrieved July 17, 2022.
  4. "World Population Prospects 2022: Demographic indicators by region, subregion and country, annually for 1950-2100" (XSLX). ("Total Population, as of 1 July (thousands)"). United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. Retrieved July 17, 2022.
  5. "Population des communes de Polynésie française". INSEE. Retrieved 13 October 2013.


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