map of French Polynesia FRENCH POLYNESIA

[Polynésie française] :
general data of the country


 
General useful information
 
Note: some data are of constant value, while other are due to changes, fluctuations etc.
 
Nation and population
official name (short form): Polynésie française
country code ISO: PF //; - FIPS: FP
location: South Pacific Ocean
time zone: -10 UT
surface (land) area: 3521 sq.km = 1359 sq.mi //; - area incl. inland waters: 4167 sq.km = 1609 sq.mi
geographical position in extreme co-ordinates: North: 5° S / South: 30° S / East: 132° W / West: 156° W
borders (land): none
borders (coastline): Pacific Ocean
climate: tropical
Government
independent since: not yet
type of government: overseas territory of France since 1958
capital: Papeete
administrative division: circonscription (5)
Population
population according to the latest census (1996): 219,521
total population according to the estimate of midyear 2000: 249,110; and 2001: 235,000
population density: 67 per sq.km = 173 per sq.mi
population growth: 2% //; - doubling time: years
birth rate: 28 per 1000
death rate: 5 per 1000
fertility rate: 3 children per female
maternal mortality: per 100,000
infant mortality (1-4 years): 22 per 1000
life expectancy: 71 years (male: 69; female: 74)
age breakdown: 0-14 years: 36% //; - 15-59 years: 59% //; - 60+ years: 5%
urbanisation: 65% //; - urbanisation growth: %
percentage of urban population in the greatest city: 100%
Ethnic composition, language, religion
ethnic groups: Polynesian 69%; French and other Europeans 12%; Chinese 5%; other 15%
languages: French, Tahitian
religious affiliation: Protestant 47 - 54%; Roman Catholic 30 - 37% [differences depend on sources used]
Health
daily food intake: calories per capita
population with access to safe water: 100%
people per physician: 596
people per hospital bed: 224
Education, literacy
school enrolment: primary education 6-11 years: 100%
school enrolment: secondary education: %
school enrolment: tertiary education 20-24 years: %
adult literacy: 98% (male: %; female: %)
 
Economy and infrastructure
 
Economy and trade
currency: CFP franc = 100 centimes
annual inflation rate: 1,2%
population below poverty line: %
Gross Domestic Product: USD per capita
GNI USD 17920 per capita //; - [ppp: 23340]
GDP growth: 0,1%
income: USD 6000 per capita
import: USD 881 per capita //; - export: USD 226 per capita
trade: USD 4500 per capita //; - or 38% of GDP
trade partners: FR
human development index: //; - position of the country in the world no.:
female labour force: 37%
unemployment: %
tourism: 0,2 million
Economic activities in agriculture, fisheries, industry, mining, services, energy
land use: arable land: 7% //; - grass land: 5% //; - wooded area: 31% //; - arid land and desert: %
agriculture: labour force: 10% //; - part of agriculture in GDP: 5%
agricultural products: vanilla, citrus fruits, roots & tubers, melons, pineapples, coconuts, cassava, copra
livestock (1000s): cattle: 10 / goats: 16 / horses: 2 / pigs: 37 / poultry: 100 / sheep: 2
fish catch: 12336 metric tonnes
industry: labour force: 7% //; - part of industry in GDP: 15%
industrial products: cultured pearls
mining products: of no importance
CO2 emission per capita: 2,5
services: labour force: 83% //; - part of services in GDP: 80%
energy use (kg per capita): 1400
electricity use (per capita):
annual water use (per capita):
Traffic, communication
road network: 884 - 940 km //; - of which paved: 42% //; - of which are motorways: 0 km
vehicles: 277 per 1000
railways: 0 km //; - railways passenger/km: -
navigable inland waterways: 0 km
ownership telephone: 225 per 1000
ownership radio receivers: 488 per 1000
ownership tv-sets: 178 per 1000
newspaper circulation: 112 per 1000
persons per post office: 2250
personal computers: per 1000
 
Some physical landmarks
 
mountains: Mt. Orohena 2241 m, Mt. Aorai 2066, Mt. Tetufera 1799
lowest point: sea level
lakes (natural): Lac Vaihiria
lakes (artificial reservoirs): none
lakes (deepest): unknown
rivers: there are only some small rivers to drain water from the mountains
canals: none
waterfalls: unknown
caves: longest system: unknown / deepest:
islands: Îles de la Société: 14 islands; Tuamotu: 76; Marquesas: 13; Gambier: 9; îles Australes: 9
deserts: none
other natural features:
 
Additional remarks, especially on the statistical information
 
other important features:
apart from physical landmarks most of the above figures are changeable, in most cases they date from the 1990's
 
primary sources used for the general information:
BB CA EV PW WA WB WR, and some national statistical yearbooks
particulars concerning population data:
 

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