ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN FRENCH POLYNESIA
Land area : 1,413 sq mi (3,660 sq km); total area: 1,609 sq mi (4,167 sq km)
Population (2007 est.) : 278,633
Capital (2003 est.) : Papeete (on Tahiti), 111,400 (metro. area), 30,200 (city proper)
Monetary unit : Pacific financial community franc
Languages : French, Tahitian (both official)
Ethnicity/race : Polynesian 78%, Chinese 12%, local French 6%, metropolitan French 4%
Religions : Protestant 54%, Roman Catholic 30%, other 10%, no religion 6%
Literacy rate : 98% (1977)
Economic summary : GDP/PPP (2003 est.): $4.58 billion; per capita $17,500. Real growth rate: n.a. Inflation: 1.5% (2002).
The term French Polynesia is applied to the scattered French possessions in the South Pacific—Mangareva (Gambier), Makatea, the Marquesas Islands, Rapa, Rurutu, Rimatara, the Society Islands, the Tuamotu Archipelago, Tubuai, Raivavae, and the island of Clipperton—which were organized into a single colony in 1903. There are 120 islands, of which 25 are uninhabited. The principal and most populous island—Tahiti, in the Society group—was claimed by the French in 1768. The indigenous people are mostly Maoris.
The Pacific Nuclear Test Center on the atoll of Mururoa, 744 mi (1,200 km) from Tahiti, was completed in 1966. In 1975 worldwide opposition forced the French to move the testing underground on Fangataufa. To compensate the residents for the nuclear weapons tests from 1995 to 1996, France offered a 10-year $194-million annual compensation package. An independence movement continues to flourish in French Polynesia. In 2004, France changed its status from a French Overseas Territory to an Overseas Country, which gave French Polynesia more autonomy over local affairs.
Islamic History and Muslims
Islamic Centers and Organizations
Muslim Owned Business