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French Polynesia

General information
Common nameFrench Polynesia
Local name 
Motto"Tahiti Nui Māre'are'a"
"Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité"
AnthemLa Marseillaise
Largest cityFa'a'a
Official languagesFrench
Ethnic groups(in 1988, last ethnic census)
66.5% unmixed Polynesians;
7.1% Polynesians with light European and/or East Asian mixing;
11.9% Europeans (mostly French);
9.3% Demis (mixed European and Polynesian descent);
4.7% East Asians (mostly Chinese)
DemonymFrench Polynesian
GovernmentDependent territory
President of FranceNicolas Sarkozy
of French Polynesia

Oscar Temaru
High Commissioner
Adolphe Colrat
Overseas collectivity of FranceOverseas collectivity of France
Overseas territory1946
Overseas collectivity2004
Total Area1609 sq mi (4167.3 km2) (173rd)
Water %12
Population Est.267000 (177th)
Population census259596 (177th) (Aug. 2007)
Density (pop.)63/km2 (130th) (163.2/sq mi)
GDP (nominal)US$5.65 billion (2006) (not ranked)
GDP (nominal) per capitaUS$21,999 (not ranked)
Other information
HDIn/a (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)
CurrencyCFP franc (XPF)
Drives on theright
Calling code+689

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French Polynesia -enˈfrɛntʃ pɒlɨˈniːʒəen-us-French Polynesia.ogg ( , -frpɔlinezi fʁɑ̃sɛzpron; ) is an overseas collectivity or constituent country of the French Republic (pays d'outre-mer). 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 (Papeetē). Although not an integral part of its territory, Clipperton Island was administered from French Polynesia until 2007.

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