Located on the island of Tahiti, Papeete is the capital city of French Polynesia–an overseas collectivity of 118 geographically dispersed islands and islets in the South Pacific Ocean. As its name suggests, French Polynesia belongs to France.
French Polynesia exported an estimated US$181.6 million worth of goods around the globe in 2016.
Highest-value French Polynesia exports are cultured pearls, coconut and fish according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Papeete, French Polynesia: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Notre Dame Cathedral, Temple Protestant de Paofai, Tomb of King Pomare V and James Norman Hall Home
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Papeete, French Polynesia:
- Anne-Caroline Graffe, Olympic Taekwondo silver medalist (born Feb. 12, 1986)
- Maui Gayme, Olympic Alpine skier (born Oct. 30, 1983)
- Gary Zebrowski, Olympic snowboarder (born Jul. 21, 1984)
- Taïna Barioz, Olympic Alpine skier (born Jun. 2, 1988)
- Diane Lacombe, Olympic swimmer (born Nov. 4, 1976)
- Pascal Vahirua, soccer player/footballer (born Mar. 9, 1966)
- Marama Vahirua, technical director Tahitian Football Federation (born May 12, 1980)
- Michel Buillard, former mayor (born Sep. 9, 1950)
- Mickaël Roche, soccer/football goalkeeper (born Dec. 24, 1982
- Conrad Hall, cinematographer (born Jun. 21, 1926)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a resident of French Polynesia: French Polynesian
Population: 26,537 (Papeete)
Density: 3,934 people per square mile (1,519 per square kilometer)
Population: 285,321 (French Polynesia)
Density: 193 people per square mile (75 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$7.15 billion in 2012 (for French Polynesia, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $26,100
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Papeete were unavailable.
Official currency used in Papeete: euro
About Travel, 25 Interesting Facts About Tahiti and Her Islands. Accessed on January 21, 2017
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 21, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 21, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on August 2, 2017
Official Government Website, City of Papeete. Accessed on January 21, 2017
The World Factbook, Australia-Oceania: French Polynesia, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 21, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 21, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Papeete. Accessed on January 21, 2017
Wikipedia, French Polynesia. Accessed on January 21, 2017
Wikipedia, Overseas country of France. Accessed on January 21, 2017
World Population Review, Population of Cities in French Polynesia (2016). Accessed on January 21, 2017
Papeete city limits contain a land area measuring 6.7 square miles (17.4 square kilometers) with an estimated population of 26,357 residents in 2016.
At the country level, French Polynesia had a population equal to 285,321 inhabitants as of July 2016 living over a land totaling 1,478 square miles (3,827 square kilometers).
Population density is much higher within the capital city Papeete with an average 3,900 residents per square mile (1,500 per square kilometer).
For French Polynesia overall, population density drops significantly to an average 200 people per square mile (75 per square kilometer).
French Polynesians celebrate Internal Autonomy Day each June 29 as a local holiday.