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French Polynesia
Anthem: La Marseillaise(official) Ia Ora 'O Tahiti Nui(unofficial)
17°34′S 149°36′W / 17.567°S 149.6°W / -17.567; -149.6
Largest city Fa'a'a
Official languages French
Ethnic groups (1988[1])
Demonym French Polynesian
Government Dependent territory
 -  President of France François Hollande
 -  President of French Polynesia Gaston Flosse
 -  High Commissioner Jean-Pierre Laflaquière
Overseas collectivity of France
 -  Protectorate 1842 
 -  Overseas territory 1946 
 -  Overseas collectivity 2003 
 -  Total 4,167 km2 (173rd)
1,609 sq mi 
 -  Water (%) 12
 -  Jan 2010 estimate 267,000 (177th)
 -  Aug 2007 census 259,596 (177th)
 -  Density 63/km2 (130th)
164/sq mi
GDP (nominal) 2006 estimate
 -  Total US$5.65 billion (not ranked)
 -  Per capita US$21,999 (not ranked)
Currency CFP franc (XPF)
Time zone (UTC-10, −9:30, -9)
Drives on the right
Calling code +689
Internet TLD .pf
a. Light European and/or East Asian.
b. Mostly French.
c. Mixed European and Polynesian descent.
d. Mostly Chinese.

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.