By Vexen Crabtree 2013
Overseas Country of French Polynesia
|Status||Dependency (Overseas Collectivity)|
|Land Area||3 660km21|
|ISO3166-1 Codes||PF, PYF, 2582|
“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
“Sculpted 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.”
As a territory of France I do not have many specific statistics for this territory in its own right.
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:
The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Protestant 54%, Roman Catholic 30%, other 10%, no religion 6%9.
|Internet Users (2016)|
Higher is better10
|69||Antigua & Barbuda||65%|
|76||Bosnia & Herzegovina||62%|
|IPv6 Uptake (2017)|
Higher is better
|146||Papua New Guinea||0.0|
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Current edition: 2013 May 01
Last Modified: 2017 Jun 21
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(2013) World Factbook. The USA Government's Central Intelligence Agency (USA CIA) publishes The World Factbook, and the online version is frequently updated.
(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..