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 for French Polynesia
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  French Polynesia
      n 1: a French overseas possession in the South Pacific [syn:
           French Polynesia, French Oceania]

From CIA World Factbook 2002 :

  French Polynesia
     Introduction French Polynesia
                              Background: 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.
     Geography French Polynesia
                                Location: Oceania, archipelago in the South
                                          Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the
                                          way from South America to Australia
                  Geographic coordinates: 15 00 S, 140 00 W
                          Map references: Oceania
                                    Area: total: 4,167 sq km (118 islands and
                                          water: 507 sq km
                                          land: 3,660 sq km
                      Area - comparative: slightly less than one-third the
                                          size of Connecticut
                         Land boundaries: 0 km
                               Coastline: 2,525 km
                         Maritime claims: exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
                                          territorial sea: 12 NM
                                 Climate: tropical, but moderate
                                 Terrain: mixture of rugged high islands and
                                          low islands with reefs
                      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
                                          highest point: Mont Orohena 2,241 m
                       Natural resources: timber, fish, cobalt, hydropower
                                Land use: arable land: 1.64%
                                          permanent crops: 6.01%
                                          other: 92.35% (1998 est.)
                          Irrigated land: NA sq km
                         Natural hazards: occasional cyclonic storms in
            Environment - current issues: NA
                        Geography - note: includes five archipelagoes; Makatea
                                          in French Polynesia is one of the
                                          three great phosphate rock islands
                                          in the Pacific Ocean - the others
                                          are Banaba (Ocean Island) in
                                          Kiribati and Nauru
     People French Polynesia
                              Population: 257,847 (July 2002 est.)
                           Age structure: 0-14 years: 29% (male 38,184; female
                                          15-64 years: 65.7% (male 88,250;
                                          female 81,165)
                                          65 years and over: 5.3% (male 6,850;
                                          female 6,767) (2002 est.)
                  Population growth rate: 1.67% (2002 est.)
                              Birth rate: 18.17 births/1,000 population (2002
                              Death rate: 4.49 deaths/1,000 population (2002
                      Net migration rate: 3.04 migrant(s)/1,000 population
                                          (2002 est.)
                               Sex ratio: at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
                                          under 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
                                          15-64 years: 1.09 male(s)/female
                                          65 years and over: 1.01 male(s)/
                                          total population: 1.07 male(s)/
                                          female (2002 est.)
                   Infant mortality rate: 8.95 deaths/1,000 live births (2002
                Life expectancy at birth: total population: 75.23 years
                                          female: 77.69 years (2002 est.)
                                          male: 72.88 years
                    Total fertility rate: 2.18 children born/woman (2002 est.)
        HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: NA%
       HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/ NA
                       HIV/AIDS - deaths: NA
                             Nationality: noun: French Polynesian(s)
                                          adjective: French Polynesian
                           Ethnic groups: Polynesian 78%, Chinese 12%, local
                                          French 6%, metropolitan French 4%
                               Religions: Protestant 54%, Roman Catholic 30%,
                                          other 16%
                               Languages: French (official), Tahitian
                                Literacy: definition: age 14 and over can read
                                          and write
                                          total population: 98%
                                          male: 98%
                                          female: 98% (1977 est.)
     Government French Polynesia
                            Country name: conventional long form: Territory of
                                          French Polynesia
                                          conventional short form: French
                                          local short form: Polynesie
                                          local long form: Territoire de la
                                          Polynesie Francaise
                                          former: French Colony of Oceania
                       Dependency status: overseas territory of France since
                         Government type: NA
                                 Capital: Papeete
                Administrative divisions: none (overseas territory of France);
                                          there are no first-order
                                          administrative divisions as defined
                                          by the US Government, but there are
                                          5 archipelagic divisions named
                                          Archipel des Marquises, Archipel des
                                          Tuamotu, Archipel des Tubuai, Iles
                                          du Vent, and Iles Sous-le-Vent
                                          note: Clipperton Island is
                                          administered by France from French
                            Independence: none (overseas territory of France)
                        National holiday: Bastille Day, 14 July (1789)
                            Constitution: 28 September 1958 (French
                            Legal system: based on French system
                                Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal
                        Executive branch: chief of state: President Jacques
                                          CHIRAC of France (since 17 May
                                          1995), represented by High
                                          Commissioner of the Republic Michel
                                          MATHIEU (since 24 October 2001)
                                          head of government: President of the
                                          Territorial Government of French
                                          Polynesia Gaston FLOSSE (since 4
                                          April 1991); President of the
                                          Territorial Assembly Lucette TAERO
                                          (since 17 May 2001)
                                          cabinet: Council of Ministers;
                                          president submits a list of members
                                          of the Territorial Assembly for
                                          approval by them to serve as
                                          elections: French president elected
                                          by popular vote for a five-year
                                          term; high commissioner appointed by
                                          the French president on the advice
                                          of the French Ministry of Interior;
                                          president of the Territorial
                                          Government and the president of the
                                          Territorial Assembly are elected by
                                          the members of the assembly
                      Legislative branch: unicameral Territorial Assembly or
                                          Assemblee Territoriale (49 seats -
                                          changed from 41 seats for May 2001
                                          election; members are elected by
                                          popular vote to serve five-year
                                          elections: last held 6 May 2001
                                          (next to be held NA May 2006)
                                          note: one seat was elected to the
                                          French Senate on NA September 1998
                                          (next to be held NA September 2007);
                                          results - percent of vote by party -
                                          NA%; seats by party - NA; two seats
                                          were elected to the French National
                                          Assembly on 9 June-16 June 2002
                                          (next to be held NA 2007); results -
                                          percent of vote by party - NA%;
                                          seats by party - NA
                                          election results: percent of vote by
                                          party - NA%; seats by party -
                                          People's Rally for the Republic
                                          (Gaullist) 29, Independent Front for
                                          the Liberation of Polynesia 12, The
                                          New Star 7, other 1
                         Judicial branch: Court of Appeal or Cour d'Appel;
                                          Court of the First Instance or
                                          Tribunal de Premiere Instance; Court
                                          of Administrative Law or Tribunal
           Political parties and leaders: Independent Front for the Liberation
                                          of Polynesia (Tavini Huiraatira)
                                          [Oscar TEMARU]; New Fatherland Party
                                          (Ai'a Api) [Emile VERNAUDON];
                                          People's Rally for the Republic of
                                          Polynesia or RPR (Tahoeraa
                                          Huiraatira) [Gaston FLOSSE]; The New
                                          Star (Te Fetia Api) [Boris
            Political pressure groups and NA
               International organization ESCAP (associate), FZ, ICFTU, SPC,
                           participation: WMO
     Diplomatic representation in the US: none (overseas territory of France)
       Diplomatic representation from the none (overseas territory of France)
                        Flag description: two narrow red horizontal bands
                                          encase a wide white band; centered
                                          on the white band is a disk with
                                          blue and white wave pattern on the
                                          lower half and gold and white ray
                                          pattern on the upper half; a
                                          stylized red, blue and white ship
                                          rides on the wave pattern; the
                                          French flag is used for official
     Economy French Polynesia
                      Economy - overview: Since 1962, when France stationed
                                          military personnel in the region,
                                          French Polynesia has changed from a
                                          subsistence economy to one in which
                                          a high proportion of the work force
                                          is either employed by the military
                                          or supports the tourist industry.
                                          With the halt of French nuclear
                                          testing in 1996, the military
                                          contribution to the economy fell
                                          sharply. Tourism accounts for about
                                          one-fourth of GDP and is a primary
                                          source of hard currency earnings.
                                          Other sources of income are pearl
                                          farming and deep-sea commercial
                                          fishing. The small manufacturing
                                          sector primarily processes
                                          agricultural products. The territory
                                          substantially benefits from
                                          development agreements with France
                                          aimed principally at creating new
                                          businesses and strengthening social
                                     GDP: purchasing power parity - $1.3
                                          billion (2001 est.)
                  GDP - real growth rate: 4% (2001 est.)
                        GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $5,000
                                          (2001 est.)
             GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 6%
                                          industry: 18%
                                          services: 76% (1997)
           Population below poverty line: NA%
       Household income or consumption by lowest 10%: NA%
                        percentage share: highest 10%: NA%
        Inflation rate (consumer prices): 1.5% (1994)
                             Labor force: 70,000 (1996)
             Labor force - by occupation: agriculture 13%, industry 19%,
                                          services 68% (1997)
                       Unemployment rate: NA%
                                  Budget: revenues: $1 billion
                                          expenditures: $900 million,
                                          including capital expenditures of
                                          $185 million (1996)
                              Industries: tourism, pearls, agricultural
                                          processing, handicrafts
       Industrial production growth rate: NA%
                Electricity - production: 408 million kWh (2000)
      Electricity - production by source: fossil fuel: 53.92%
                                          hydro: 46.08%
                                          other: 0% (2000)
                                          nuclear: 0%
               Electricity - consumption: 379.44 million kWh (2000)
                   Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (2000)
                   Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (2000)
                  Agriculture - products: coconuts, vanilla, vegetables,
                                          fruits; poultry, beef, dairy
                                 Exports: $205 million (f.o.b., 1999)
                   Exports - commodities: cultured pearls 50%, coconut
                                          products, mother-of-pearl, vanilla,
                                          shark meat (1997)
                      Exports - partners: Japan 62%, US 21% (1999)
                                 Imports: $749 million (f.o.b., 1999)
                   Imports - commodities: fuels, foodstuffs, equipment
                      Imports - partners: France 53%, US 13%, Australia 10%
                         Debt - external: $NA
                Economic aid - recipient: $367 million (1997)
                                Currency: Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique
                                          franc (XPF)
                           Currency code: XPF
                          Exchange rates: Comptoirs Francais du Pacifique
                                          francs (XPF) per US dollar - 135.04
                                          (January 2002), 133.26 (2001),
                                          129.44 (2000), 111.93 (1999), 107.25
                                          (1998), 106.11 (1997); note - pegged
                                          at the rate of 119.25 XPF to the
                             Fiscal year: calendar year
     Communications French Polynesia
          Telephones - main lines in use: 52,000 (1997)
            Telephones - mobile cellular: 5,427 (1997)
                        Telephone system: general assessment: NA
                                          domestic: NA
                                          international: satellite earth
                                          station - 1 Intelsat (Pacific Ocean)
                Radio broadcast stations: AM 2, FM 14, shortwave 2 (1998)
                                  Radios: 128,000 (1997)
           Television broadcast stations: 7 (plus 17 low-power repeaters)
                             Televisions: 40,000 (1997)
                   Internet country code: .pf
       Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 2 (2000)
                          Internet users: 5,000 (2000)
     Transportation French Polynesia
                                 Railways: 0 km
                                 Highways: total: 792 km
                                           paved: 264 km
                                           unpaved: 528 km (2000)
                                Waterways: none
                        Ports and harbors: Mataura, Papeete, Rikitea, Uturoa
                          Merchant marine: total: 4 ships (1,000 GRT or over)
                                           totaling 5,240 GRT/7,765 DWT
                                           ships by type: cargo 1, passenger/
                                           cargo 2, refrigerated cargo 1 (2002
                                 Airports: 45 (2001)
            Airports - with paved runways: total: 33
                                           over 3,047 m: 2
                                           1,524 to 2,437 m: 5
                                           914 to 1,523 m: 21
                                           under 914 m: 5 (2001)
          Airports - with unpaved runways: total: 12
                                           914 to 1,523 m: 3
                                           under 914 m: 9 (2001)
     Military French Polynesia
                        Military branches: no regular indigenous military
                                           forces; French Forces (including
                                           Army, Navy, Air Force), Gendarmerie
                          Military - note: defense is the responsibility of
     Transnational Issues French Polynesia
                                                Disputes - international: none

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