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French Polynesia

The French annexed various Polynesian island groups during the 19th century. In September 1995, France stirred up widespread protests by resuming nuclear testing on the Mururoa atoll after a three-year moratorium. The tests were suspended in January 1996. In recent years, French Polynesia's autonomy has been considerably expanded.

Languages & Population

Approximate Population: 278,963 (July 2007 est.)

Nationality (Noun): French Polynesian(s)

Nationality (Adjective): French Polynesian

Official Language(s): French, Polynesian

Major Languages Spoken: French, Polynesian

Map of French Polynesia

Country Facts

Country Name (long form): Overseas Lands of French Polynesia

Country Name (short form): French Polynesia

Country Name (local long form): Pays d'outre-mer de la Polynesie Francaise

Country Name (local short form): Polynesie Francaise

Name of Capital: Papeete

UTC Time Difference (from capital): UTC-10 (5 hours behind Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Countries Near by, and Bordering French Polynesia: Cook Islands

Land Area: 3660 sq km

Water Area: 507 sq km

Comparative Area: slightly less than one-third the size of Connecticut

Coastline: 2,525 km

National Holiday: Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)

International Phone Code: 689

Currency Code: Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique franc (XPF)

Internet Country Code: .pf

US Embassy Location: none (overseas lands of France)

US Embassy Mailing Address: none


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