Languages of French Polynesia

This article is about the demographic features of the population of French Polynesia, including population density, ethnicity, education level, health of the populace, economic status, religious affiliations and other aspects of the population.

CIA World Factbook demographic statistics

The following demographic statistics are from the CIA World Factbook, unless otherwise indicated.


Age structure

0-14 years

26.1 % (male 36,541; female 34,999)

15-64 years

67.9 % (male 96,769; female 89,593)

65 years and over

6.1 % (male 8,428; female 8,248) (2000 est.)

Population growth rate

1.48% (2006 est.)

Birth rate

16.68 births/1,000 population (2006 est.)

Death rate

4.69 deaths/1,000 population (2006 est.)

Net migration rate

2.85 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2006 est.)

Sex ratio

at birth

1.05 male(s)/female

under 15 years

1.04 male(s)/female

15-64 years

1.08 male(s)/female

65 years and over

1.02 male(s)/female

total population

1.07 male(s)/female (2006 est.)

Infant mortality rate

8.29 deaths/1,000 live births (2006 est.)

Life expectancy at birth

total population

76.1 years


73.69 years


78.63 years (2006 est.)

Total fertility rate

2.01 children born/woman (2000 est.)



French Polynesian(s)


French Polynesian

Ethnic groups

These figures come from the 1988 census:

Polynesians 73.6%, Mixed Polynesian and French 9.3%, European (mainly French) 11.9%, East Asians (mainly Chinese) 4.7%.


Protestantism 54%, Roman Catholicism 30%, other 10%, no religion 6%


Languages spoken at home: French (official) 61.1%, Tahitian (official) 31.4%, Asian languages 1.2%, other 0.3%, unspecified 6% (2002)

Other languages with only local (if any official) status: Marquesan (North Marquesan, South Marquesan), Puka-Pukan, Rarotongan (Cook Island Maori), Tuamotuan, Mangarevan, Tubuaian and Rapan.



age 14 and over can read and write

total population

98 %


98 %


98 % (1977 est.)

See also


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