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French Polynesia


    • Affiliation:
      (overseas territory of France)

    • Location:
      Oceania, archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from South America to Australia

    • Map references:
      Oceania

    • Area:

        total area:
        3,941 sq km

        land area:
        3,660 sq km

        comparative area:
        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

    • International disputes:
      none

    • Climate:
      tropical, but moderate

    • Terrain:
      mixture of rugged high islands and low islands with reefs

    • Natural resources:
      timber, fish, cobalt

    • Land use:

        arable land:
        1%

        permanent crops:
        19%

        meadows and pastures:
        5%

        forest and woodland:
        31%

        other:
        44%

    • Irrigated land:
      NA sq km

    • Environment:

        current issues:
        NA

        natural hazards:
        occasional cyclonic storms in January

        international agreements:
        NA

    • 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






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