Atlas of French Polynesia

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Polynésie française
Pōrīnetia Farāni

Français Polynésie française

La Polynésie française est un ensemble d’archipels dépendant de la France, situé dans l’Océan Pacifique, environ 6 000 km à l’est de l’Australie. La Polynésie française est une collectivité d’outre-mer, actuellement régie par la loi organique n° 2004-192 du 27 février 2004. Elle bénéficie d'une large autonomie politique.

Reo Mā`ohi Pōrīnetia Farāni

E fenua Farāni nā te ara (POM) ’o Pōrīnetia farāni i Pātitifā Apato’a. ’O Pape’ete te ’oire pū i Tahiti. I teienei, ’o Oscar Temaru tāne te peretiteni o te Hau Fenua.

English French Polynesia - Collectivity of French Polynesia

French Polynesia is an overseas collectivity and a constituent part of the French Republic, with the additional designation of "overseas country" (French: pays d'outre-mer, or POM) in the southern Pacific Ocean. It has maritime borders with ► Kiribati, the ► Cook Islands, and ► Pitcairn Islands. It is made up of several groups of Polynesian islands, the most famous island being Tahiti in the Society Islands group, which is also the most populous island, and the seat of the capital of the territory (Papeete).


Short name French Polynesia
Official name Collectivity of French Polynesia
Status Overseas collectivity and constituent part of the French Republic (French since the 19th century)
Location Oceania
Capital Papeete
Population 275,918 inhabitants
Area 4,167 km²
Major language(s) French (official), Tahitian
Major religion(s) Protestantism, Roman Catholicism
More information French Polynesia, Geography of French Polynesia, History of French Polynesia and Politics of French Polynesia
More images French Polynesia - French Polynesia (Category).

General maps

French Polynesia map.jpg Map of French Polynesia
French Polynesia relief map with communes.svg Map of French Polynesia with the names of its archipelagos and communes
Mapa de Tahiti.svg Map of Tahiti and Mo’orea

History

From 1595 on, Spanish and English explorers discoverered the area that is now French Polynesia. In 1842 chiefs of the Marquesas Islands ceded sovereignty to France. Other islands were annexed until 1900 to become the French Settlements in Oceania. In 1903 the settlements were united to form French Oceania, which became an overseas territory in 1946 and which received internal self-government in 1956. It was then renamed the Territory of French Polynesia. In 2003 French Polynesia was granted more autonomy, and its status was changed to that of a French overseas collectivity. It received the additional designation of French overseas country in 2004.

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