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French Polynesia is a French overseas territory consisting of 118 islands scattered across the south Pacific Ocean. Known for its crystal-clear waters, white sand beaches, and lush vegetation, this region is a true paradise. It enjoys a status of 'non-self-governing territory' under the United Nations, implying that it has some autonomy but still falls under French administration. French Polynesia covers an impressive area of 4,000,00 square kilometers.

French Polynesia

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Demographics of French Polynesia:

Ethnic groups

Polynesian: 79.7%, European: 15.8%, Other: 4.5%


French (official), Tahitian

Religion Overview

Like many Pacific Islands, French Polynesia's predominantly Christian population. The importance of Christian tradition and morals is engrained into society, and its influence can be observed in daily life.

Major Religions


French Polynesia's geography determines a tropical climate with minimal annual temperature variation. Expect annual average temperatures of around 26°C, with sea breezes providing some relief.

Economy Overview

French Polynesia's thriving tourism industry accounts for over half of its economy, with around 135,000 tourists visiting annually spent. Other key sectors include fisheries, some agriculture, and craft production. French Polynesia faces economic challenges related to its remoteness and dependency on external markets and resources.

Key Industries

  • Tourism
  • Fisheries
  • Craft Production

Major Companies

  • Air Tahiti
  • Tahiti Tourisme
  • TNT Express Vanuatu Ltd

Culture and Language Overview

French Polynesia's multicultural heritage can be seen in its unique mix of traditions. Its many festivals centred around the local Stephaniopsis trees, traditional dances, and singer-songwriters, leave little room for boredom.

Cultural Highlights

  • Tahitian Fete Hérvé
  • Tiurai festival
  • Heiva I Tahiti

Geography and Landmarks Overview

French Polynesia's 118 islands are volcanic in origin, whose most well-known islands include Tahiti, Raiatea, Bora-Bora, and Huahine. Some notable landmarks to explore include breathtaking coral reefs and hidden lagoons.

Notable Landmarks

  • An저 de Vénus in Moorea
  • Bull’s Head at Tetiaroa
  • Le Réve Shelter at Rangiroa
  • Motu Poritu bei Bora Bora

National Holidays

  • New Year's Day (January 1)
  • Easter Sunday and Monday
  • Labor Day (May 1)
  • Ascension Day
  • Whit Monday
  • National Day (June 29)
  • Assumption Day (August 15)
  • All Saints’ Day (November 1)
  • Armistice Day (November 11)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • Saint Stephen’s Day (December 26)

Political Stability

French Polynesia is a stable territory, with a parliamentary system carried out by the Assembly of French Polynesia. However, it still faces the challenge of high levels of debt and economic dependency vis-à-vis France.

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