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French Polynesia Travel Guide

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Quick Facts
Capital Papeete
Government French overseas country (pays d'outre-mer)
Currency Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique- Franc Pacifique (XPF);
Area total: 4,167 km2 (118 islands and atolls)
water: 507 km2
land: 3,660 km2
Population 274,578 (July 2006 est.)
Language French (official)
Religion Protestant 54%, Roman Catholic 30%, other 10%, no religion 6%
Calling Code +689
Internet TLD .pf
Time Zone UTC-9 to UTC-10

French Polynesia (Polynésie française) is a set of islands that is an overseas country attached to France. Located in the South Pacific Ocean, it is halfway between California and Australia.

Tahiti and her islands cover four million square kilometers of ocean which is the same area as the European Union. However the land above sea level accounts for some 7,000 square kilometers consisting of 118 islands, grouped into five archipelagoes (4 volcanic, 1 coral). 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.


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