Statistical information French Polynesia 1992French%20Polynesia

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French Polynesia - Introduction 1992
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Background: The French annexed various Polynesian island groups during the 19th century.

French Polynesia - Geography 1992
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Geographic coordinates

Map reference

Total: 3,941 km²
Land: 3,660 km²
Comparative: slightly less than one-third the size of Connecticut

Land boundaries: none

Coastline: 2,525 km

Maritime claims
Exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Territorial sea: 12 nm
Disputes: none

Climate: tropical, but moderate

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


Natural resources: timber, fish, cobalt
Land use

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

Irrigated land

Major rivers

Major watersheds area km²

Total water withdrawal

Total renewable water resources

Natural hazards


French Polynesia - People 1992
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Population: 205,620 (July 1992), growth rate 2.3% (1992)

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

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

Languages: French and Tahitian (both official)

Religions: mainly Christian; Protestant 54%, Roman Catholic 30%, other 16%

Demographic profile
Age structure

Age structure

Dependency ratios

Median age

Population growth rate

Birth rate: 28 births/1000 population (1992)

Death rate: 5 deaths/1000 population (1992)

Net migration rate: 0 migrants/1000 population (1992)

Population distribution


Major urban areas

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

Air pollutants

Sex ratio

Mothers mean age at first birth

Maternal mortality ratio

Infant mortality rate: 15 deaths/1000 live births (1992)

Life expectancy at birth: 68 years male, 73 years female (1992)

Total fertility rate: 3.3 children born/woman (1992)

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: 98% (male 98%, female 98%) age 14 and over but definition of literacy not available (1977)

School life expectancy primary to tertiary education

Youth unemployment

French Polynesia - Government 1992
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Country name
Conventional long form: Territory of French Polynesia

Government type: overseas territory of France since 1946

Capital: Papeete

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

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 at age 18

Executive branch:
French president, high commissioner of the republic, president of the Council of Ministers, vice president of the Council of
Ministers, Council of Ministers

Legislative branch: unicameral Territorial Assembly

Judicial branch: Court of Appeal

Political parties and leaders

International organization participation: FZ, ICFTU, SPC, WMO
Diplomatic representation:
as an overseas territory of France, French
Polynesian interests are represented in the US by France

Diplomatic representation

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

National symbols

National anthem

National heritage

French Polynesia - Economy 1992
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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.
GDP: exchange rate conversion - $1.2 billion, per capita $6,000; real growth rate NA% (1991 est.)

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; vegetables and fruit; poultry, beef, dairy products

Industries: tourism, pearls, agricultural processing, handicrafts

Industrial production growth rate: growth rate NA%

Labor force: 76,630 employed (1988)
Organized labor: NA
Labor force

Unemployment rate: 14.9% (1988 est.)

Youth unemployment

Population below poverty line

Gini index

Household income or consumption by percentage share

Distribution of family income gini index

Budget: revenues $614 million; expenditures $957 million, including capital expenditures of $NA (1988)

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: $88.9 million (f.o.b., 1989)
Commodoties: coconut products 79%, mother-of-pearl 14%, vanilla, shark meat
Partners: France 54%, US 17%, Japan 17%

Imports: $765 million (c.i.f., 1989)
Commodoties: fuels, foodstuffs, equipment
Partners: France 53%, US 11%, Australia 6%, NZ 5%

Reserves of foreign exchange and gold

Debt external

Stock of direct foreign investment at home

Stock of direct foreign investment abroad

Exchange rates: Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique francs (CFPF) per US$1 - 97.81 (January 1992), 102.57 (1991), 99.00 (1990), 115.99 (1989), 108.30 (1988), 109.27 (1987; note - linked at the rate of 18.18 to the French franc

French Polynesia - Energy 1992
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Electricity access

Electricity production: 72,000 kW capacity; 265 million kWh produced, 1,390 kWh per capita (1990)

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 1992
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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 1992
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Military expenditures

Military and security forces

Military service age and obligation

Terrorist groups

French Polynesia - Transportation 1992
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National air transport system

Civil aircraft registration country code prefix

43 total, 41 usable; 23 with permanent-surface runways; none
with runways over 3,659 m; 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:
3 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 4,128 GRT/6,710
DWT; includes 2 passenger-cargo, 1 refrigerated cargo; note - a captive subset of the French register

Civil air: about 6 major transport aircraft

Ports and terminals

French Polynesia - Transnational issues 1992
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Disputes international

Refugees and internally displaced persons

Illicit drugs

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