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Spread over a vast area about the size of Europe, the widely scattered (118 islands and atolls) of French Polynesia - part of an overseas territory of France - are divided into 5 groups: the Austral, Gambier, Marquesas, Society and Tuamotu archipelagos.

Of these, the Society archipelago is certainly the most famous. It includes the stunning islands of Bora Bora, Moorea and Tahiti - and like the enchanting Marquesas in the northeast - most are lush, dark green specs of land, volcanic in origin, with jagged-edged peaks jutting boldly into the sky.

Almost 61% of the total population of French Polynesia lives on the island of Tahiti, in and around the capital city of Papeete.

The Tuamotu archipelago (in contrast to the other groups) includes only low-lying coral atolls (78 in all), and of these, only a handful have passable inlets into their central lagoons.

Rangiroa, the largest coral atoll in French Polynesia, is famed for its natural beauty, and remains a favorite of travelers from across the globe.

The Austral and Gambier islands in the south are lighted populated, as most are still uninhabited.

The ancient subsistence economy of the larger islands has been replaced by the modern economics of tourism revenues, military employment, pearl farming, commercial fishing and a growing selection of small manufacturing jobs.

Facts and Figures

arrow Official Name French Polynesia
an overseas territory of France,
originally claimed in 1843

arrow Population 274,578 (2006 estimate)

arrow Capital City Papeete (27,000) Tahiti (151,500)

arrow Flag here

arrow Languages French (official), Tahitian (official)

arrow Official Currency Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique franc

arrow Currency Converter here

arrow Religions Protestant, Catholic, others

arrow Land Area 3,660 sq km

arrow Latitude/Longitude 17º 52S, 149º 56W

arrow Highest Point Mt. Orohena at 7,350 ft. (2,241 m)



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arrow French Polynesia Map CIA version here

arrow French Polynesia Outline Map here

arrow French Polynesia Maps at UT here

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arrow French Polynesia (Complete) information on the (GDP) overall economy, imports and exports, resources, government, population, military, transportation, and more here

arrow French Polynesia website here

arrow French Polynesia photos here

arrow French Polynesia travel info here

arrow Bora Bora website here

arrow Moorea website here

arrow Tahiti tourism website here

arrow Climate The summer months (November - April) are hot and humid, with many sunny days. The balance of the year is slightly cooler and drier.

Cooling trade winds buffet the islands throughout the year, and the months of June, July, August and October are widely considered to be ideal times to visit.

Frankly, there's never a bad time to travel to paradise.

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