Statistical information French Polynesia 1989French%20Polynesia

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French Polynesia in the World


French Polynesia - Introduction 1989
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Background: The French annexed various Polynesian island groups during the 19th century.

French Polynesia - Geography 1989
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Geographic coordinates

Map reference


Land boundaries: none

Coastline: 2,525 km

Maritime claims
Contiguous zone: 12 nm
Continental shelf: 200 meters or to depth of exploitation
Extended economic zone: 200 nm
Territorial sea: 12 nm

Climate: tropical, but moderate

Terrain: mixture of rugged high islands and low islands with reefs


Natural resources: timber, fish, cobalt
Land use

Land use: 1% arable land; 19% permanent crops; 5% meadows and pastures; 31% forest and woodland; 44% other

Irrigated land

Major rivers

Major watersheds area km²

Total water withdrawal

Total renewable water resources

Natural hazards

Note: defense is responsibility of France

French Polynesia - People 1989
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Population: 196,246 (July 1989), growth rate 2.7% (1989)

Nationality: noun - French Polynesian(s; adjective - French Polynesian

Ethnic groups: 78% Polynesian, 12% Chinese, 6% local French, 4% metropolitan French

Languages: French (official), Tahitian

Religions: mainly Christian; 55% Protestant, 32% Roman Catholic

Demographic profile
Age structure

Age structure

Dependency ratios

Median age

Population growth rate

Birth rate: 27 births/1000 population (1989)

Death rate: 4 deaths/1000 population (1989)

Net migration rate: 4 migrants/1000 population (1989)

Population distribution


Major urban areas

Current issues: occasional cyclonic storm in January; includes five archipelagoes

Air pollutants

Sex ratio

Mothers mean age at first birth

Maternal mortality ratio

Infant mortality rate: 22 deaths/1000 live births (1989)

Life expectancy at birth: 70 years male, 74 years female (1989)

Total fertility rate: 3.4 children born/woman (1989)

Contraceptive prevalence rate

Drinking water source

Current health expenditure

Physicians density

Hospital bed density

Sanitation facility access


Major infectious diseases

Obesity adult prevalence rate

Alcohol consumption

Tobacco use

Children under the age of 5 years underweight

Education expenditures

Literacy: NA%

School life expectancy primary to tertiary education

Youth unemployment

French Polynesia - Government 1989
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Country name: conventional long form: Territory of French Polynesia

Government type: overseas territory of France

Capital: Papeete

Administrative divisions: none (overseas territory of France)

Dependent areas

Independence: none (overseas territory of France)

National holiday: Taking of the Bastille, 14 July (1789)

Constitution: 28 September 1958 (French Constitution)

Legal system: based on French system

International law organization participation


Suffrage: universal adult

Executive branch: Chief of State - President Francois Maurice MITTERAND (since 21 May 1981; Head of Government - High Commissioner of the Republic Jean MONTPEZAT (since NA November 1987; President of the Territorial Government Alexandre LEONTIEFF (since NA December 1987; Vice President of the Territorial Government Georges KELLY (since NA December 1987)

Legislative branch: 30-member Territorial Assembly, popularly elected; five-member Council of Government, elected by Assembly; popular election of two deputies to National Assembly and one senator to Senate in Paris

Judicial branch

Political parties and leaders

International organization participation

Diplomatic representation
In the us: as an overseas territory of France, French Polynesian interests are represented in the US by France

Flag descriptionflag of French%20Polynesia: the flag of France is used

National symbols

National anthem

National heritage

French Polynesia - Economy 1989
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Economy overview: Since 1962, when France stationed military personnel in the region, French Polynesia has changed from a subsistence economy to one in which a high proportion of the work force is either employed by the military or supports the tourist industry. Tourism accounts for about 20% of GDP and is a primary source of hard currency earnings.

Real gdp purchasing power parity

Real gdp growth rate

Real gdp per capita ppp

Gross national saving
Gdp composition by sector of origin

Gdp composition by end use

Gdp composition by sector of origin

Agriculture products: coconut and vanilla plantations

Industries: tourism, pearls, agricultural processing, handicrafts

Industrial production growth rate: NA%

Labor force: 57,863 employed (1983)
Labor force

Unemployment rate: NA%

Youth unemployment

Population below poverty line

Gini index

Household income or consumption by percentage share

Distribution of family income gini index

Budget: revenues $253; expenditures $209, including capital expenditures of $NA (1984)

Public debt

Taxes and other revenues


Fiscal year: calendar year

Current account balance

Inflation rate consumer prices

Central bank discount rate

Commercial bank prime lending rate

Stock of narrow money

Stock of broad money

Stock of domestic credit

Market value of publicly traded shares

Current account balance

Exports: $42 million (f.o.b., 1986)
Commodities: coconut products 79%, mother-of-pearl 14%, vanilla, shark meat
Partners: France 44%, US 21%

Imports: $767 million (c.i.f., 1986)
Commodities: fuels, foodstuffs, equipment
Partners: France 50%, US 16%, New Zealand 6%

Reserves of foreign exchange and gold

Debt external: $NA

Stock of direct foreign investment at home

Stock of direct foreign investment abroad

Exchange rates: Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique francs (CFPF) per US$1 - 111.55 (September 1987), 120.77 (September 1986), 148.55 (September 1985; linked at the rate of 18.18 to the French franc

French Polynesia - Energy 1989
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Electricity access

Electricity production

Electricity consumption

Electricity exports

Electricity imports

Electricity installed generating capacity

Electricity transmission distribution losses

Electricity generation sources


Refined petroleum

Natural gas

Carbon dioxide emissions

Energy consumption per capita

French Polynesia - Communication 1989
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Telephones fixed lines

Telephones mobile cellular

Telephone system

Broadcast media

Internet country code

Internet users

Broadband fixed subscriptions

French Polynesia - Military 1989
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Military expenditures

Military and security forces

Military service age and obligation

Terrorist groups

French Polynesia - Transportation 1989
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National air transport system

Civil aircraft registration country code prefix

Airports: 43 total, 41 usable; 25 with permanent-surface runways; 2 with runways 2,440-3,659 m; 12 with runways 1,220-2,439 m

Airports with paved runways

Airports with unpaved runways






Merchant marine

Ports and terminals

French Polynesia - Transnational issues 1989
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Disputes international

Refugees and internally displaced persons

Illicit drugs


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