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French Polynesia (Overseas Country of French Polynesia)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013


French Polynesia
Overseas Country of French Polynesia
StatusDependency (Overseas Collectivity)
Land Area 3 660km21
LocationAustralasia, Polynesia
GroupingsSmall Islands
Life Expectancy
ISO3166-1 CodesPF, PYF, 2582
Internet Domain.pf3
CurrencyFranc (XPF)4

1. Overview

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.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)6

Book CoverSculpted by sky-piercing, moss-green peaks and lined with vivid turquoise lagoons, sultry French Polynesia is a place to take it slow and experience warm, laid-back island chic. Just the name Tahiti conjures up centuries of legend and lifetimes of daydreams. Its 18th-century reputation as a wanton playground of flower-bedecked Polynesians in an Eden-like setting has morphed into a 21st-century image of a chic honeymoon haven. But there´s more to the country than cocktails on the terrace of your over-water bungalow.

When you´re not idling in the scent of gardenias, letting your cares drift away, try hiking up a waterfall valley, paddling out on a turquoise lagoon or diving through sharky passes. While the resorts make headlines, the country´s unsung heroes are the impressive collection of family pensions that range from rickety rooms in someone´s home to luxurious boutique-style bungalows on private islets.

From the vast lagoons of the Tuamotu atolls, to the culturally intense Marquesas Islands and the scenic mountainscapes of the Society Islands (Tahiti, Mo´orea, Ra´iatea, Taha´a, Bora Bora and Maupiti), French Polynesia´s 118 islands provide enough diversity and surprises for several voyages.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)7

As a territory of France I do not have many specific statistics for this territory in its own right.

2. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below8:

Folk Religion0.5%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Protestant 54%, Roman Catholic 30%, other 10%, no religion 6%9.


3. The Internet

#internet #the_internet

Internet Users (2016)10
Pos.Higher is better10
2Faroe Islands99%
69Antigua & Barbuda65%
71Saudi Arabia65%
72French Polynesia64%
76Bosnia & Herzegovina62%
World Avg48.1%
IPv6 Uptake (2017)11
Pos.Higher is better
146Papua New Guinea0.0
147French Polynesia0.0
World Avg3.82

Internet access has become an essential research tool. It facilitates an endless list of life improvements, from the ability to network and socialize without constraint, to access to a seemingly infinite repository of technical and procedural information on pretty much any task. The universal availability of data has sped up industrial development and personal learning at the national and personal level. Individuals can read any topic they wish regardless of the locality of expert teachers, and, entire nations can develop their technology and understanding of the world simply because they are now exposed to advanced societies and moral discourses online. Like every communications medium, the Internet has issues and causes a small range of problems, but these are insignificant compared to the advantages of having an online populace.

Current edition: 2013 May 01
Last Modified: 2017 Jun 21
Parent page: Compare International Statistics by Region and Continent

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References: (What's this?)

(2013) World Factbook. The USA Government's Central Intelligence Agency (USA CIA) publishes The World Factbook, and the online version is frequently updated.

Lonely Planet
(2014) The World. Subtitled: "A Traveller's Guide to the Planet". Published by Lonely Planet, London, UK. Each chapter is devoted to a specific country and includes a list of the most interesting places to visit and a few other cultural notes.


  1. World Bank data on accessed 2013 Nov 04.^
  2. International Standards Organisation (ISO) standard ISO3166-1, on, accessed 2013 May 01.^
  3. Top level domains (TLDs) are managed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) on^
  4. According to ISO4217.^
  5. According to ITU-T.^
  6. CIA (2013). Https:// accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  7. Lonely Planet (2014). Chapter "French Polynesia".^
  8. Pew Forum (2012) publication "The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World´s Major Religious Groups as of 2010" (2012 Dec 18) accessed 2013 May 01.^
  9. CIA (2013). Https:// accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  10. accessed 2017 Mar 10.^
  11. % of internet access via native IPv6 compared to IPv4. As of 2017 Jun 20, from Accessed 2017 Jun 20.^

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