The Human Truth Foundation

French Polynesia (Overseas Country of French Polynesia)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

French Polynesia
Overseas Country of French Polynesia
StatusDependency (Overseas Collectivity)
SovereigntyFrance
CapitalPapeete
Land Area 3 660km21
LocationAustralasia, Polynesia
GroupingsSmall Islands
Population
GNI
ISO3166-1 CodesPF, PYF, 2582
Internet Domain.pf3
CurrencyFranc (XPF)4
Telephone+6895

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. French Polynesia's Modernity and Learning

#the_internet

Technology and Information:

Internet Users (2016)8
Pos.Higher is better8
1Iceland100%
2Faroe Islands99%
3Norway98%
...
69Antigua & Barbuda65%
70Greece65%
71Saudi Arabia65%
72French Polynesia64%
73Albania63%
74Palestine63%
75Montenegro62%
76Bosnia & Herzegovina62%
World Avg48.1%
q=201.
IPv6 Uptake (2017)9
Pos.Higher is better
Ratio9
1Belgium55.4
2Germany41.8
3Switzerland35.1
...
144Iraq0.0
145Oman0.0
146Papua New Guinea0.0
147French Polynesia0.0
148Palestine0.0
149Lesotho0.0
150Monaco0.0
151Bermuda0.0
World Avg3.82
q=176.

3. 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 below10:

Christian94%
Muslim0.1%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion0.5%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated4.9%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Protestant 54%, Roman Catholic 30%, other 10%, no religion 6%11.

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There isn't much information in the database for French Polynesia, most likely because it is either a part of another country (i.e., a territory or posession) and therefore most international statistics are counted for the country as a whole, or, this is such an exotic place that little data exists about it.