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French Polynesia

Flag of French Polynesia
Motto: 
Anthem: 
Location of French Polynesia
Capital Papeetē
Official languages French
Ethnic groups
(1988[1])
Demonym(s) French Polynesian
Government Dependent territory
François Hollande
Gaston Flosse
Jean-Pierre Laflaquière
Overseas collectivity of France
1842
1946
• Overseas collectivity
2003
Area
• Total
4,167 km2 (1,609 sq mi) (173rd)
• Water (%)
12
Population
• Jan 2010 estimate
267,000 (177th)
• Aug 2007 census
259,596 (177th)
• Density
63/km2 (163.2/sq mi) (130th)

French Polynesia (French: Polynésie française, Tahitian: Porinetia Farani) is a French "overseas collectivity" (French: collectivité d'outre mer, or COM) with the particular designation of "overseas country" (French: pays d'outre-mer, or POM) in the southern Pacific Ocean.

The country is made up of several groups of Polynesian islands. The most well-known is Tahiti, the most populous island, which is in the Society Islands group. The capital of the territory, Papeete, is also there.

Although it does not really belong in the territory, French Polynesia is in charge of affairs for Clipperton Island.

Other island groups include:

Aside from Tahiti, some other important atolls, islands, and island groups in French Polynesia are: Ahe, Bora Bora, Hiva `Oa, Huahine, Maiao, Maupiti, Mehetia, Moorea, Nuku Hiva, Raiatea, Tahaa, Tetiaroa, Tubuai, and Tupai.

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