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French Polynesia

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Languages: French, Tahitian (both official)

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 (2004 est.): $4.718 billion; per capita $18,000. Real growth rate: 2.5% (2005). Inflation: 1.1% (2007 est.). Unemployment: 11.7% (2005). Arable land: 1%. Agriculture: coconuts, vanilla, vegetables, fruits, coffee; poultry, beef, dairy products. Labor force: 70,000 (1996); agriculture 13%, industry 19%, services 68% (2002). Industries: tourism, pearls, agricultural processing, handicrafts, phosphates. Natural resources: timber, fish, cobalt, hydropower. Exports: $211 million (2005 est.): cultured pearls, coconut products, mother-of-pearl, vanilla, shark meat. Imports: $1.706 billion (2005 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: 52,500 (2002); mobile cellular: 90,000 (2002). Radio broadcast stations: AM 2, FM 14, shortwave 2 (1998). Radios: 128,000 (1997). Television broadcast stations: 7 (plus 17 low-power repeaters) (1997). Internet hosts: 5,123 (2003). Internet users: 35,000 (2002).

Transportation: Railways: 0 km. Highways: total: 2,590 km; paved: 1,735 km; unpaved: 855 km (1999). Ports and harbors: Papeete. Airports: 50 (2004 est.).

International disputes: none.

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French Overseas Territories New Caledonia and Dependencies

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