French Polynesia

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French Polynesia embraces a vast ocean area strewn with faraway outer islands, each with a mystique of its own. The 118 islands and atolls are scattered over an expanse of water 18 times the size of California, though in dry land terms the territory is only slightly bigger than Rhode Island. The distance from one end of the island groups to another is four times further than from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Every oceanic island type is represented in these sprawling archipelagoes positioned midway between California and New Zealand. The coral atolls of the Tuamotus are so low they’re threatened by rising sea levels, while volcanic Tahiti soars to 2,241 meters. Bora Bora and Maupiti, also high volcanic islands, rise from the lagoons of what would otherwise be atolls.

David Stanley, Moon Tahiti

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Key Facts

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Official name: Territoire de la Polynésie Française (Territory of French Polynesia)
Head of State: President of France François Hollande (PS) (from 15 May 2012), represented by High Commissioner Lionel Beffre (from 13 Sep 2013)
Head of government: President of the Territorial Government Édouard Fritch (from 12 Sep 2014)
Ruling party: Tahoera'a Huiraatira (from 5 May 2013)
Area: 3,600 square km (35 islands and 83 atolls)
Population: 274,512 (2012)*
Capital: Papeete (on Tahiti)
Official language: French and Reo Maohi (Tahitian)
Currency: Change Franc Pacifique franc (CFPf) = 100 centimes
Exchange rate: CFPf106.83 per US$ (Sep 2015); (pegged CFPf119.33 per euro)
* estimated figure


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