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French Polynesia

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Languages: French (official) 61.1%, Polynesian (official) 31.4%, Asian languages 1.2%, other 0.3%, unspecified 6%

Ethnicity/race: Polynesian 78%, Chinese 12%, local French 6%, metropolitan French 4%

Religions: Protestant 54%, Roman Catholic 30%, other 10%, no religion 6%

National Holiday: Bastille Day, July 14

Literacy rate: 98% (1977)

Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2006 est.): $5.65 billion; per capita $22,000. Real growth rate: -0.4% (2006). Inflation: 1.1% (2007 est.). Unemployment: 11.7% (2010). Arable land: 0.68%. Agriculture: coconuts, vanilla, vegetables, fruits, coffee; poultry, beef, dairy products; fish. Labor force: 116,000 (2007); agriculture 3.1%, industry 20%, services 76.9% (2006). Industries: tourism, pearls, agricultural processing, handicrafts, phosphates. Natural resources: timber, fish, cobalt, hydropower. Exports: $200 million (2008 est.): cultured pearls, coconut products, mother-of-pearl, vanilla, shark meat. Imports: $2.2 billion (2008 est.): fuels, foodstuffs, machinery and equipment. Major trading partners: France, Japan, U.S., Niger, Thailand, New Zealand, Singapore, Australia (2004).

Communications: Telephones: main lines in use: 55,000 (2012); mobile cellular: 226,000 (2012). Radio broadcast stations: AM 2, FM 14, shortwave 2 (1998). Radios: 128,000 (2008). Television broadcast stations: 7 (plus 17 low-power repeaters) (2008). Internet hosts: 37,949 (2012). Internet users: 120,000 (2009).

Transportation: Railways: 0 km. Highways: total: 2,590 km; paved: 1,735 km; unpaved: 855 km (1999). Ports and harbors: Papeete. Airports: 54 (2013 est.).

International disputes: none.

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