Original author: Uwe Dedering
French Polynesia, (located in the Southeast of the Pacific Ocean), is an overseas collectivity (COM) of the French Republic, consisting of 5 archipelagos, comprising 118 islands, of which 67 are inhabited [the Society archipelago, the Tuamotu Archipelago, the archipelago of Gambier, the Archipelago of the Australes and the Marquesas Islands].Its population on January 1, 2011 was 270,000 inhabitants.
Polynésia_Huahiné_Island: Photo:DANIEL JULIE; Source:Wikimedia Commons
Under the protectorate of France since 1843, they changed from colony to overseas territory in 1946. In 1984 they completed their « internal autonomy ».
Assemblee_Polynesie_Francaise: Photo taken by Remi Jouan;Source:Wikimedia Commons
The geography of French Polynesia is characterized by:
* Its volcanoes, volcanic massifs and atolls
* Its two climates: arid tropical in the North and tropical humid in the South.
* Its highest marine biodiversity, with the largest number of Protected species.
The economy of French Polynesia is mainly a service economy , tourism and fishing.
The Polynesian culture is rich in: its archaeological heritage, its sculptures, its music, its rich dances, its trades, its tattoos, its festivals and its cultural monuments (House of culture « Tauhiti nui fare »; Art Museum « Tare Manaha » ; Papeete Crafts Center ..)
The Bora Bora Liquid Festival KXT Ironmana: Source:welcome-tahiti.com
Source of information: fr.wikipedia.org