Statistical information French Polynesia 1994French%20Polynesia

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French Polynesia - Introduction 1994
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Background: The French annexed various Polynesian island groups during the 19th century.

French Polynesia - Geography 1994
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Location: Oceania, Polynesia halfway between Australia and South America

Geographic coordinates

Map referenceOceania

Total area total: 3,941 km²
Land: 3,660 km²

Land boundaries: 0 km

Coastline: 2,525 km

Maritime claims
Exclusive 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
Arable land: 1%
Permanent crops: 19%
Meadows and pastures: 5%
Forest and woodland: 31%
Other: 44%

Irrigated land: NA km²

Major rivers

Major watersheds area km²

Total water withdrawal

Total renewable water resources

Natural hazards: occasional cyclonic storms in January

Note: defense is responsibility of France

French Polynesia - People 1994
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Population: 215,129 (July 1994 est.)
Growth rate: 2.25% (1994 est.)

Nationality: noun:French Polynesian(s)

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

Languages: French (official), Tahitian (official)

Religions: Protestant 54%, Roman Catholic 30%, other 16%

Demographic profile
Age structure

Age structure

Dependency ratios

Median age

Population growth rate: 2.25% (1994 est.)

Birth rate: 27.75 births/1000 population (1994 est.)

Death rate: 5.27 deaths/1000 population (1994 est.)

Net migration rate: 0 migrant(s)/1000 population (1994 est.)

Population distribution


Major urban areas

Current issues: NA
International agreements: NA

Air pollutants

Sex ratio

Mothers mean age at first birth

Maternal mortality ratio

Infant mortality rate: 14.8 deaths/1000 live births (1994 est.)

Life expectancy at birth
Total population: 70.54 years
Male: 68.14 years
Female: 73.06 years (1994 est.)

Total fertility rate: 3.31 children born/woman (1994 est.)

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: age 14 and over but definition of literacy not available (1977)
Total population: 98%
Male: 98%
Female: 98%

School life expectancy primary to tertiary education

Youth unemployment

French Polynesia - Government 1994
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Country name
Conventional long form: Territory of French Polynesia
Conventional short form:
local long form: Territoire de la Polynesie Francaise
local short form; Polynesie Francaise

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

Constitution: 28 September 1958 (French Constitution)

Legal system: based on French system

International law organization participation


Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

Executive branch
Chief of state: President Francois MITTERRAND (since 21 May 1981); High Commissioner of the Republic Michel JAU (since NA February 1992)
Head of government: President of the Territorial Government of French Polynesia Gaston FLOSSE (since 10 May 1991); Deputy to the French Assembly and President of the Territorial Assembly Jean JUVENTIN (since NA November 1992); Territorial Vice President and Minister of Health Michel BUILLARD (since 12 September 1991)

Legislative branch: French forces (including Army, Navy, Air Force), Gendarmerie
Territorial Assembly: elections last held 17 March 1991 (next to be held March 1996); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (41 total) People's Rally for the Republic (Gaullist) 18, Polynesian Union Party 12, New Fatherland Party 7, other 4
French Senate: elections last held 24 September 1989 (next to be held September 1998); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (1 total) party NA
French National Assembly: elections last held 21 and 28 March 1993 (next to be held NA March 1998); results - percent of vote by party NA; seats - (2 total) People's Rally for the Republic (Gaullist) 2

Judicial branch: Court of Appeal, Court of the First Instance, Court of Administrative Law

Political parties and leaders

International organization participation: ESCAP (associate), FZ, ICFTU, SPC, WMO

Diplomatic representation
From the us:
none (overseas territory of France)
none (overseas territory of France)

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

National symbols

National anthem

National heritage

French Polynesia - Economy 1994
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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: NA%

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: NA%

Labor force: 76,630 employed (1988)
Labor force

Unemployment rate: 10% (1990 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

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)
Commodities: coconut products 79%, mother-of-pearl 14%, vanilla, shark meat
Partners: France 54%, US 17%, Japan 17%

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

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 - 107.63 (January 1994), 102.96 (1993), 96.24 (1992), 102.57 (1991), 99.00 (1990), 115.99 (1989; note - linked at the rate of 18.18 to the French franc

French Polynesia - Energy 1994
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Electricity access

Electricity production: 275 million kWh

Electricity consumption
Per capita: 1,330 kWh (1992)

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 1994
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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 1994
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Military expenditures

Military and security forces

Military service age and obligation

Terrorist groups

French Polynesia - Transportation 1994
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National air transport system

Civil aircraft registration country code prefix

Airports: 43
Usable: 41
With permanentsurface runways: 23
With runways over 3659 m: 0
With runways 2440-3659 m: 2
With runways 1220-2439 m: 12

Airports with paved runways

Airports with unpaved runways






Merchant marine: 3 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 4,127 GRT/6,710 DWT, passenger-cargo 2, refrigerated cargo 1
Note: a captive subset of the French register

Ports and terminals

French Polynesia - Transnational issues 1994
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Disputes international: none

Refugees and internally displaced persons

Illicit drugs


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