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 French Polynesia
Administrative divisions none (overseas territory of France); there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are 5 archipelagic divisions named Archipel des Marquises, Archipel des Tuamotu, Archipel des Tubuai, Iles du Vent, and Iles Sous-le-Vent

note: Clipperton Island is administered by France from French Polynesia
Age structure 0-14 years: 28.3% (male 37,804; female 36,249)

15-64 years: 66.3% (male 90,421; female 83,304)

65 years and over: 5.4% (male 7,226; female 7,121) (2003 est.)
Agriculture - products coconuts, vanilla, vegetables, fruits; poultry, beef, dairy products, coffee
Airports 45 (2002)
Airports - with paved runways total: 37

over 3,047 m: 2

1,524 to 2,437 m: 5

914 to 1,523 m: 22

under 914 m: 8 (2002)
Airports - with unpaved runways total: 8

914 to 1,523 m: 3

under 914 m: 5 (2002)
Area total: 4,167 sq km (118 islands and atolls)

land: 3,660 sq km

water: 507 sq km
Area - comparative slightly less than one-third the size of Connecticut
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.
Birth rate 17.74 births/1,000 population (2003 est.)
Budget revenues: $1 billion

expenditures: $900 million, including capital expenditures of $185 million (1996)
Capital Papeete
Climate tropical, but moderate
Coastline 2,525 km
Constitution 28 September 1958 (French Constitution)
Country name conventional long form: Territory of French Polynesia

conventional short form: French Polynesia

local long form: Territoire de la Polynesie Francaise

local short form: Polynesie Francaise

former: French Colony of Oceania
Currency Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique franc (XPF); note - may adopt the euro in 2003
Death rate 4.53 deaths/1,000 population (2003 est.)
Debt - external $NA
Dependency status overseas territory of France since 1946
Diplomatic representation from the US none (overseas territory of France)
Diplomatic representation in the US none (overseas territory of France)
Disputes - international none
Economic aid - recipient $367 million (1997)
Economy - overview 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.
Electricity - consumption 398.3 million kWh (2001)
Electricity - exports 0 kWh (2001)
Electricity - imports 0 kWh (2001)
Electricity - production 428.3 million kWh (2001)
Electricity - production by source fossil fuel: 60.7%

hydro: 39.3%

nuclear: 0%

other: 0%; note - sun, wind, biomass (2001)
Elevation extremes lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m

highest point: Mont Orohena 2,241 m
Environment - current issues NA
Ethnic groups Polynesian 78%, Chinese 12%, local French 6%, metropolitan French 4%
Exchange rates Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique francs (XPF) per US dollar - 126.41 (2002), 133.26 (2001), 129.44 (2000), 111.93 (1999), 107.25 (1998)

note: pegged at the rate of 119.25 XPF to the euro
Executive branch chief of state: President Jacques CHIRAC of France (since 17 May 1995), represented by High Commissioner of the Republic Michel MATHIEU (since 24 October 2001)

head of government: President of the Territorial Government of French Polynesia Gaston FLOSSE (since 4 April 1991); President of the Territorial Assembly Lucette TAERO (since 17 May 2001)

cabinet: Council of Ministers; president submits a list of members of the Territorial Assembly for approval by them to serve as ministers

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 Territorial Government and the president of the Territorial Assembly are elected by the members of the assembly
Exports 0 kWh (2001)
Exports $260 million f.o.b. (2000)
Exports NA (2001)
Exports - commodities cultured pearls 50%, coconut products, mother-of-pearl, vanilla, shark meat (1997)
Exports - partners France 37.4%, Japan 35.5%, US 17.5% (2002)
Fiscal year calendar year
Flag description two narrow red horizontal bands encase a wide white band; centered on the white band is a disk with blue and white wave pattern on the lower half and gold and white ray pattern on the upper half; a stylized red, blue and white ship rides on the wave pattern; the French flag is used for official occasions
GDP purchasing power parity - $1.3 billion (2001 est.)
GDP - composition by sector agriculture: 6%

industry: 18%

services: 76% (1997)
GDP - per capita purchasing power parity - $5,000 (2001 est.)
GDP - real growth rate 4% (2001 est.)
Geographic coordinates 15 00 S, 140 00 W
Geography - note includes five archipelagoes (4 volcanic, 1 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
Highways total: 2,590 km

paved: 1,735 km

unpaved: 855 km (1999)
Household income or consumption by percentage share lowest 10%: NA%

highest 10%: NA%
Imports 0 kWh (2001)
Imports $1.2 billion f.o.b. (2000)
Imports NA (2001)
Imports - commodities fuels, foodstuffs, machinery and equipment
Imports - partners France 58.9%, Australia 12.2%, New Zealand 6.9%, US 6.6% (2002)
Independence none (overseas territory of France)
Industrial production growth rate NA%
Industries tourism, pearls, agricultural processing, handicrafts, phosphates
Infant mortality rate total: 8.78 deaths/1,000 live births

male: 10.12 deaths/1,000 live births

female: 7.38 deaths/1,000 live births (2003 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices) 1.5%
International organization participation ESCAP (associate), FZ, ICFTU, SPC, WMO
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) 2 (2000)
Irrigated land NA sq km
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
Labor force 70,000 (1996)
Labor force - by occupation agriculture 13%, industry 19%, services 68% (1997)
Land boundaries 0 km
Land use arable land: 1.64%

permanent crops: 6.01%

other: 92.35% (1998 est.)
Languages French (official), Tahitian (official)
Legal system based on French system
Legislative branch unicameral Territorial Assembly or Assemblee Territoriale (49 seats - changed from 41 seats for May 2001 election; members are elected by popular vote to serve five-year terms)

elections: last held 6 May 2001 (next to be held NA May 2006)

election results: percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - People's Rally for the Republic (Gaullist) 28, Independent Front for the Liberation of Polynesia 13, New Fatherland Party 7, other 1

note: one seat was elected to the French Senate on NA September 1998 (next to be held NA September 2007); results - percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - NA; two seats were elected to the French National Assembly on 9 June-16 June 2002 (next to be held NA 2007); results - percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - UMP/RPR 1, UMP 1
Life expectancy at birth total population: 75.45 years

male: 73.08 years

female: 77.93 years (2003 est.)
Literacy definition: age 14 and over can read and write

total population: 98%

male: 98%

female: 98% (1977 est.)
Location Oceania, archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from South America to Australia
Map references Oceania
Maritime claims exclusive economic zone: 200 NM

territorial sea: 12 NM
Merchant marine total: 7 ships (1,000 GRT or over) 12,679 GRT/13,915 DWT

ships by type: cargo 2, passenger/cargo 3, refrigerated cargo 1, roll on/roll off 1 (2002 est.)
Military - note defense is the responsibility of France
Military branches no regular indigenous military forces; French Forces (including Army, Navy, Air Force), Gendarmerie
National holiday Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
Nationality noun: French Polynesian(s)

adjective: French Polynesian
Natural hazards occasional cyclonic storms in January
Natural resources timber, fish, cobalt, hydropower
Net migration rate 2.99 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2003 est.)
Political parties and leaders Independent Front for the Liberation of Polynesia (Tavini Huiraatira) [Oscar TEMARU]; New Fatherland Party (Ai'a Api) [Emile VERNAUDON]; People's Rally for the Republic of Polynesia or RPR (Tahoeraa Huiraatira) [Gaston FLOSSE]; The New Star (Te Fetia Api) [leader NA]
Political pressure groups and leaders NA
Population 262,125 (July 2003 est.)
Population below poverty line NA%
Population growth rate 1.62% (2003 est.)
Ports and harbors Mataura, Papeete, Rikitea, Uturoa
Radio broadcast stations AM 2, FM 14, shortwave 2 (1998)
Railways 0 km
Religions Protestant 54%, Roman Catholic 30%, other 10%, no religion 6%
Sex ratio at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female

under 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female

15-64 years: 1.09 male(s)/female

65 years and over: 1.02 male(s)/female

total population: 1.07 male(s)/female (2003 est.)
Suffrage 18 years of age; universal
Telephone system general assessment: NA

domestic: NA

international: satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Pacific Ocean)
Telephones - main lines in use 52,000 (1997)
Telephones - mobile cellular 5,427 (1997)
Television broadcast stations 7 (plus 17 low-power repeaters) (1997)
Terrain mixture of rugged high islands and low islands with reefs
Total fertility rate 2.14 children born/woman (2003 est.)
Unemployment rate 11.8% (1994)
Waterways none
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