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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
Gevernment typeNA
Capital name: Papeete
geographic coordinates: 17 32 S, 149 34 W
time difference: UTC-10 (5 hours behind Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Flag descriptiontwo 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
CurrencyComptoirs Francais du Pacifique franc (XPF)
Internet country
Ports and terminalsPapeete
Agriculture productsfish; coconuts, vanilla, vegetables, fruits, coffee; poultry, beef, dairy products
Industriestourism, pearls, agricultural processing, handicrafts, phosphates
LocationOceania, archipelagoes in the South Pacific Ocean about one-half of the way from South America to Australia
Coordinates15 00 S, 140 00 W
Area total: 4,167 sq km (118 islands and atolls)
land: 3,660 sq km
water: 507 sq km
Boundaries0 km
Coastline2,525 km
Climatetropical, but moderate
Terrainmixture of rugged high islands and low islands with reefs
Natural resourcestimber, fish, cobalt, hydropower
Natural hazardsoccasional cyclonic storms in January
Population274,578 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsPolynesian 78%, Chinese 12%, local French 6%, metropolitan French 4%
ReligionsProtestant 54%, Roman Catholic 30%, other 10%, no religion 6%
LanguagesFrench 61.1% (official), Polynesian 31.4% (official), Asian languages 1.2%, other 0.3%, unspecified 6% (2002 census)

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