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French Polynesia

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Population: 267,000 (est.)

Language(s): French

Capital: Papeet?

Interesting Facts:

  • The CFP franc is the official currency of French Polynesia.
  • Christianity is the main religion of the islands: a majority (54%) belong to various Protestant churches and a large minority (30%) are Roman Catholic.
  • The GDP of French Polynesia in 2006 was 5.65 billion US dollars at market exchange rates, the fifth-largest economy in Oceania after Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and New Caledonia.
  • French Polynesia has a moderately developed economy, which is dependent on imported goods, tourism, and the financial assistance of mainland France.
  • Tahiti is French Polynesia’s largest island.
  • France made the islands a French Protectorate in the middle of the nineteenth century.
  • The chief-of-state of French Polynesia is the President of France.
  • The head of government is the President of the Territorial Government of French Polynesia.

French Polynesia is an overseas country (pays d’outre-mer) of the French Republic. It is made up of several groups of Polynesian islands, the most famous island being Tahiti in the Society Islands group, which is also the most populous island and the seat of the capital of the territory (Papeet?). Although not an integral part of its territory, Clipperton Island was administered from French Polynesia until 2007.

Source: Wikipedia

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