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French Polynesia

Basic Facts

  • Population: 275,918 (2017, Statistical Bureau of French Polynesia) 
  • Land area: 3,600 km²
  • Exclusive economic zone: 4,767,242 km²

Listing as a Non-Self-Governing Territory

French Polynesia was on the United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories from 1946 to 1947, following the transmission of information on French Establishments in Oceania by France under Article 73 e of the Charter of the United Nations. In 2013, the General Assembly re-inscribed French Polynesia, by recognizing that “French Polynesia remains a Non-Self-Governing Territory within the meaning of the Charter”.

  • See General Assembly resolution 66 (I) of 14 December 1946 and 67/265 of 17 May 2013

Administering Power


United Nations-related action

The General Assembly adopts on an annual basis a resolution on French Polynesia. Please visit the Documents page for past General Assembly resolutions on French Polynesia from 2013.

United Nations Secretariat annual working papers on French Polynesia issued since 2014 are also available on the Documents page.


Government of French Polynesia

Ministry of Overseas Territories of France


(Last updated: 15 May 2019)