French Polynesia

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French Polynesia

Official Country Name: French Polynesia
Region (Map name): Oceania
Population: 249,110
Language(s): French, Tahitian
Literacy rate: 98%

French Polynesia, a collection of volcanic islands and atolls in the eastern South Pacific, is perhaps best known for its largest island, Tahiti.

There are two daily newspapers in French Polynesia, both publishing in French and originating in Tahiti. Neither publishes on Sunday. La Dépĉche is the largest and more renowned of the two; its circulation is approximately 14,000 and it maintains a website. Founded in 1961, Les Nouvelles de Tahiti was the island's first daily newspaper; it has a circulation of 6,700 and provides news content to the Web portal .

The islands also support two major weekly publications. The Tahiti Sun Press is published in English and geared toward English-speaking tourists. It is distributed free of charge in local hotels. TahitiRama , which appears online and every Thursday in print, focuses on art and fashion and is a spin-off of a popular television show.

French Polynesia has three television stations broadcasting to approximately 30,000 televisions. There are 14 FM radio stations, two AM radio stations, and more than 100,000 radios. There are two Internet service providers.

The country encompasses five major island groups: the Society Islands (which include Tahiti and Bora Bora), the Tuamotus, the Marquesas, the Austral Islands, and the Gambier Islands. Today the country is a French overseas territory; French rule began in Tahiti in 1824 and spread to the other islands in the area during the latter part of the nineteenth century.

The official head of state is the French president, represented locally by a high commissioner of the republic. The local government is headed by a president of territorial government, and the unicameral, 41-seat territorial assembly also is presided over by a President. The approximate population of French Polynesia is 250,000, with the majority of the population located on Tahiti. The official language is French, although Tahitian is spoken throughout the islands. Not surprisingly, tourism makes up the largest part of the economy, making up about 25 percent of the gross national product. The black pearl industry is also an important economic sector.

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Jul 28, 2011 @ 12:12 pm
I'm trying to locate the Tahitian television (Tahiti Nui Television)that broadcast in both the French and Tahitian Languages. It carried programs like interviews by Florent Collet of the Prime Minister Gaston Tong-Sang. On the alternate link the Tahitian Language news etc. with Tahitian people in beautiful Tahitian clothing, giving the news in Tahitian. Suddenly, about 6 months ago, it simply disappeared. I am not sure what happened to the Tahitian language broadcast for that station. It seems to have vanished completely or else I don't know how to find it anymore. The station either changed its format or drop the Tahitian language component. I'm very interested because I'm studying Tahitian and it was one of the very few sources available to actually hear and see Tahitian culture in real time with real Tahitian people. All we get now is French, French and more French. Is there a policy of discrimination against Tahitian language, culture and people by the radio and television stations? Why doesn't the Tahitian government do something about this? If this lack of Tahitian language on the airwaves is not a violation of freedom speech, then it's the best kept secret in French Polynesia. The whole world loves Tahiti and the Tahitian people. Why can't they have their own TV/Radio in their own language(s)? Please advise how to locate Tahitian Language TV/Radio. Julian Levant/San Francisco, CA
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Mar 8, 2014 @ 2:14 pm
visiting Tahiti in a couple of weeks. Is there a TV station that broadcasts English Premier League soccer (football)
Kimo Dejon
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Jul 22, 2020 @ 8:08 am
Bonjour / Aloha - we are a semi-retired couple looking to house sit for 3-4 months a year on either Moorea or Bora Bora from June thru September starting in 2021 and each year thereafter. I am retired from Hilton Worldwide and my wife from executive marketing position - we are quite responsible and very clean and neat. We would also be interested in caretaker position for an estate or larger house - as we have experience in that sector also. Thank you. Kimo & Karen Dejon

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