Title: French Polynesia

Population: 297,154

Population Change: 0.58

National Average Age: 34

Urban Percentage: 64

Christian Population: 0

Christian Percentage:

Introduction: 'French Polynesia an overseas collectivity of France comprises more than 100 islands in the South Pacific stretching for more than 2000km. Divided into the Austral Gambier Marquesas Society and Tuamotu archipelagos they''re known for their coral-fringed lagoons and over-the-water bungalow hotels. Island features include white- and black-sand beaches mountains rugged backcountry and towering waterfalls.'

Overview: The French annexed various Polynesian island groups during the 19th century. In September 1995 France stirred up widespread protests by resuming nuclear testing on the Mururoa atoll after a three-year moratorium. The tests were halted in January 1996. In recent years French Polynesia's autonomy has been considerably expanded.