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French Polynesia

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French Polynesia
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Located about 6000 kilometres east of Australia, French Polynesia is a group of five archipelagos covering an area of 4167 million square kilometres, with a land area of 3521 square kilometres. The country comprises 35 volcanic islands and about 183 low-lying coral atolls. Its closest neighbours are Kiribati to the north-west and Cook Islands to the west.

According to annual estimations, the population was 268 767 as of 1 July 2010. Around 88% are concentrated in the Society Islands, which constitute about one-half of the land area. The most populated (82% of the population) and biggest island is Tahiti. Administrative services are centralized in Tahiti within the city of Papeete.

The population is characterized by its youth: 34% are below 20 years of age and 6% above 65 years. Life expectancy at birth in 2010 was 72.8 for males and 77.8 for females. The majority of the population is Polynesian.

Formerly known as Tahiti, French Polynesia is an overseas territory of France. The islands have been governed by France since 1885, when French appointed a governor in Papeete, the capital.

French Polynesia is covered by the WHO Representative Office in the South Pacific.

The WHO Representative in the South Pacific : Liu, Dr Yunguo

WHO Country Office

Office address:

Level 4 Provident Plaza One Downtown Boulevard 33 Ellery Street, Suva

Postal address:

P.O. Box 113, Suva, Fiji

Telephone number:

(679) 3304600 & 3234100 (general line)
(679) 3300727 (WR's direct line)
(679) 3306177 (MOH)

Fax number:

(679) 3234166 and 3234177

Office hours:

08.00 - 17.00 (Monday to Friday)

Email:

who.sp@wpro.who.int

Website:

http://www.wpro.who.int/southpacific

Ministère de la santé et de l?écologie

Address:

Direction de la Santé Rue des Poilus Tahitiens Papeete ? Tahiti, Polynésie Française B.P. 611, 98713 Papeete ? Tahiti

Telephone number:
(689) 46 00 02

Fax number:

(689) 43 00 74

Email:

secretariat@sante.gov.pf

Sources

Additional information

 

Statistics

Population (in thousands) ( 2010 ) 268.77
Population aged 5-14 years (%) ( 2010 ) 16.84
Life expectancy at birth (years) ( 2010 ) 75.2
Under-five mortality rate (per 1000 live births) ( 2008 ) 6.48
Total health expenditure as % of GDP ( 2008 ) 13.09
General government health expenditure as % of total government expenditure ( 2008 ) 29
Human development index ( 2007 ) 0.865
Per capita GDP at current market prices (US$) ( 2006 ) 16803.4
Population below national poverty line (%) not available
Literacy rate among adults aged >= 15 years (%) ( 2007 ) 94.7
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) ( 2007 ) 22.55
Proportion of the population using improved drinking water source ( 2008 ) 100
Population using improved sanitation facilities (%) ( 2008 ) 98