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.
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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.
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Level 4 Provident Plaza One Downtown Boulevard 33 Ellery Street, Suva
P.O. Box 113, Suva, Fiji
(679) 3304600 & 3234100 (general line)
(679) 3300727 (WR's direct line)
(679) 3306177 (MOH)
(679) 3234166 and 3234177
08.00 - 17.00 (Monday to Friday)
Ministère de la santé et de l?écologie
Direction de la Santé Rue des Poilus Tahitiens Papeete ? Tahiti, Polynésie Française B.P. 611, 98713 Papeete ? Tahiti
Telephone number:(689) 46 00 02
(689) 43 00 74
|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|