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French Polynesia Population: 294,935

 Background
The French annexed various Polynesian island groups during the 19th century. In September 1995, France stirred up widespread protests by resuming nuclear testing on the Mururoa atoll after a three-year moratorium. The tests were suspended in January 1996. In recent years, French Polynesia’s autonomy has been considerably expanded.
 Geography
Includes five archipelagoes (four volcanic, one coral); Makatea in French Polynesia is one of the three great phosphate rock islands in the Pacific Ocean – the others are Banaba (Ocean Island) in Kiribati and Nauru
Location: Oceania, archipelagoes in the South Pacific Ocean about half way between South America and Australia
Geographic coordinates: 15 00 S, 140 00 W
Area: total: 4,167 sq km (118 islands and atolls) land: 3,827 sq km water: 340 sq kmSize comparison: slightly less than one-third the size of Connecticut
Land Boundaries: 0 km
Coastline: 2,525 km
Maritime claims: territorial sea: 12 nm exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Climate: tropical, but moderate
Terrain: mixture of rugged high islands and low islands with reefs
Elevation extremes: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m highest point: Mont Orohena 2,241 m
Natural resources: timber, fish, cobalt, hydropower
Land use: arable land: 0.75% permanent crops: 5.5% other: 93.75% (2005)
Irrigated land: 10 sq km (2008)
Natural hazards: occasional cyclonic storms in January
Current Environment Issues: NA
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 People
Population: 294,935 (July 2011 est.)
Age structure: 0-14 years: 23.5% (male 35,376/female 33,840) 15-64 years: 69.3% (male 105,823/female 98,597) 65 years and over: 7.2% (male 10,742/female 10,557) (2011 est.)
Median age: total: 29.9 years male: 30.2 years female: 29.6 years (2011 est.)
Population growth rate: 1.331% (2011 est.)
Birth rate: 15.53 births/1,000 population (2011 est.)
Death rate: 4.87 deaths/1,000 population (July 2011 est.)
Net migration rate: 2.65 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2011 est.)
Sex ratio: at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female under 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female 15-64 years: 1.07 male(s)/female 65 years and over: 1.02 male(s)/female total population: 1.06 male(s)/female (2011 est.)
Infant mortality rate: total: 7.27 deaths/1,000 live births male: 8.35 deaths/1,000 live births female: 6.15 deaths/1,000 live births (2011 est.)
Life expectancy at birth: total population: 77.1 years male: 74.62 years female: 79.7 years (2011 est.)
Total fertility rate: 1.87 children born/woman (2011 est.)
HIV/AIDS – adult prevalence rate: NA
HIV/AIDS – people living with HIV/AIDS: NA
HIV/AIDS – deaths: NA
Nationality: noun: French Polynesian(s) adjective: French Polynesian
Ethnic groups: Polynesian 78%, Chinese 12%, local French 6%, metropolitan French 4%
Religions: Protestant 54%, Roman Catholic 30%, other 10%, no religion 6%
Languages: French (official) 61.1%, Polynesian (official) 31.4%, Asian languages 1.2%, other 0.3%, unspecified 6% (2002 census)
Literacy: definition: age 14 and over can read and write total population: 98% male: 98% female: 98% (1977 est.)
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 Government
Country name: conventional long form: Overseas Lands of French Polynesia conventional short form: French Polynesia local long form: Pays d’outre-mer de la Polynesie Francaise local short form: Polynesie Francaise former: French Colony of Oceania
Government type: NA
Capital: name: Papeete geographic coordinates: 17 32 S, 149 34 W time difference: UTC-10 (5 hours behind Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Administrative divisions: none (overseas lands of France); there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are five archipelagic divisions named Archipel des Marquises, Archipel des Tuamotu, Archipel des Tubuai, Iles du Vent, Iles Sous-le-Vent
Independence: none (overseas lands of France)
National holiday: Bastille Day, 14 July (1789); note – the local holiday is Internal Autonomy Day, 29 June (1880)
Constitution: 4 October 1958 (French Constitution)
Legal system: the laws of France, where applicable, apply
Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal
Executive branch: chief of state: President Nicolas SARKOZY (since 16 May 2007), represented by High Commissioner of the Republic Richard DIDIER (since 24 January 2011) head of government: President of French Polynesia Oscar TEMARU (since 1 April 2011); President of the Assembly of French Polynesia Jacqui DROLLET (since 14 April 2011) cabinet: Council of Ministers; president submits a list of members of the Assembly for approval by them to serve as ministers (For more information visit the World Leaders website ) elections: French president elected by popular vote for a five-year term; high commissioner appointed by the French president on the advice of the French Ministry of Interior; president of the French Polynesia government and the president of the Assembly of French Polynesia elected by the members of the assembly for five-year terms (no term limits)
Legislative branch: unicameral Assembly of French Polynesia or Assemblee de la Polynesia francaise (57 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms) elections: last held on 27 January 2008 (first round) and 10 February 2008 (second round) (next to be held in 2013) election results: percent of vote by party – Our Home alliance 45.2%, Union for Democracy alliance 37.2%, Popular Rally (Tahoeraa Huiraatira) 17.2% other 0.5%; seats by party – Our Home alliance 27, Union for Democracy alliance 20, Popular Rally 10 note: two seats were elected to the French Senate on 21 September 2008 (next to be held in September 2014); results – percent of vote by party – NA; seats by party – UMP 1, independent 1; two seats were elected to the French National Assembly on 10-17 June 2007 (next to be held in 2012); results – percent of vote by party – NA; seats by party – UMP 2
Judicial branch: Court of Appeal or Cour d’Appel; Court of the First Instance or Tribunal de Premiere Instance; Court of Administrative Law or Tribunal Administratif
Political parties and leaders: Alliance for a New Democracy or ADN (includes the parties The New Star and This Country is Yours); New Fatherland Party (Ai’a Api); Our Home alliance; People’s Servant Party (Tavini Huiraatira); Popular Rally (Tahoeraa Huiraatira); Union for Democracy alliance or UPD
Political pressure groups and leaders: NA
International organization participation: ITUC, PIF (associate member), SPC, UPU
Diplomatic representation in the US: none (overseas lands of France)
Diplomatic representation from the US: none (overseas lands of France)
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 Economy
Since 1962, when France stationed military personnel in the region, French Polynesia has changed from a subsistence agricultural economy to one in which a high proportion of the work force is either employed by the military or supports the tourist industry. With the halt of French nuclear testing in 1996, the military contribution to the economy fell sharply. Tourism accounts for about one-fourth of GDP and is a primary source of hard currency earnings. Other sources of income are pearl farming and deep-sea commercial fishing. The small manufacturing sector primarily processes agricultural products. The territory benefits substantially from development agreements with France aimed principally at creating new businesses and strengthening social services.
GDP (purchasing power parity): GDP (purchasing power parity): $4.718 billion (2004 est.) $4.58 billion (2003 est.)
GDP (official exchange rate): GDP (official exchange rate): $6.1 billion (2004)
GDP – real growth rate: 2.7% (2005) 5.1% (2002)
GDP – per capita (PPP): GDP – per capita (PPP): $18,000 (2004 est.) $17,500 (2003 est.)
GDP – composition by sector: agriculture: 3.5% industry: 20.4% services: 76.1% (2005)
Labor force: 116,000 (2007)
Labor force – by occupation: agriculture: 13% industry: 19% services: 68% (2002)
Unemployment rate: 11.7% (2005)
Population below poverty line: NA%
Household income or consumption by percentage share: lowest 10%: NA% highest 10%: NA%
Inflation rate (consumer prices): Inflation rate (consumer prices): 1.1% (2007) 1.1% (2006 est.)
Budget: revenues: $865 million expenditures: $644.1 million (1999)
Agriculture – products: fish; coconuts, vanilla, vegetables, fruits, coffee; poultry, beef, dairy products
Industries: tourism, pearls, agricultural processing, handicrafts, phosphates
Industrial production growth rate: NA%
Electricity – production: 670 million kWh (2008 est.)
Electricity – consumption: 623.1 million kWh (2008 est.)
Electricity – exports: 0 kWh (2009 est.)
Electricity – imports: 0 kWh (2009 est.)
Oil – production: 0 bbl/day (2010 est.)
Oil – consumption: 8,000 bbl/day (2010 est.)
Oil – exports: 0 bbl/day (2009 est.)
Oil – imports: 6,611 bbl/day (2009 est.)
Oil – proved reserves: 0 bbl (1 January 2011 est.)
Natural gas – production: 0 cu m (2009 est.)
Natural gas – consumption: 0 cu m (2009 est.)
Natural gas – exports: 0 cu m (2009 est.)
Natural gas – imports: 0 cu m (2009 est.)
Natural gas – proved reserves: 0 cu m (1 January 2011 est.)
Exports: $211 million (2005 est.)
Exports – commodities: cultured pearls, coconut products, mother-of-pearl, vanilla, shark meat
Imports: $1.706 billion (2005 est.)
Imports – commodities: fuels, foodstuffs, machinery and equipment
Debt – external: $NA
Market value of publicly traded shares: $NA
Exchange rates: Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique francs (XPF) per US dollar – 87.59 (2007) 94.97 (2006) 95.89 (2005) 96.04 (2004) 105.66 (2003)
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 Communications
Telephones in use: 54,300 (2009) country comparison to the world: 159
Cellular Phones in use: 208,300 (2009)
Telephone system: general assessment: NA domestic: combined fixed and mobile-cellular density is roughly 90 per 100 persons international: country code – 689; satellite earth station – 1 Intelsat (Pacific Ocean) (2009)
Radio broadcast stations:
Television broadcast stations:
Internet country code: .pf
Internet hosts: 36,056 (2010)
Internet users: 120,000 (2009)
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 Transportation
Airports: 53 (2010) country comparison to the world: 89
Airports (paved runways): total: 46 over 3,047 m: 2 1,524 to 2,437 m: 4 914 to 1,523 m: 33 under 914 m: 7 (2010)
Airports (unpaved runways): total: 7 914 to 1,523 m: 3 under 914 m: 4 (2010)
Heliports: 1 (2010)
Roadways: total: 2,590 km paved: 1,735 km unpaved: 855 km (1999)
Merchant marine: registered in other countries: 13 (Cambodia 1, France 12) (2010)
Ports and terminals: Papeete
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 Military
Defense is the responsibility of France
Military branches: no regular military forces (2011)
Manpower available for military service: males age 16-49: 82,722 (2010 est.)
Manpower fit for military service: males age 16-49: 67,363 females age 16-49: 66,053 (2010 est.) 

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