Flag of French Polynesia

French Polynesia Flag

Country Information

Sovereign StateNo (Overseas Country of France)
Country CodesPF, PYF, 258
Official NameFrench Polynesia
Government TypeOverseas Country within the French Republic
CurrencyCFP Franc (XPF)
Calling Code+689
Member OfPart of France, indirectly involved in organizations France is a member of
PopulationApprox. 280,000 (as of 2023)
Total Area4,167 square kilometers
Highest PointMount Orohena (2,241 meters or 7,352 feet)
Lowest PointPacific Ocean (0 meters or 0 feet)
GDP Per CapitaApprox. $22,000 (as of 2023)
Life ExpectancyComparable to France
Internet TLD.pf

French Polynesia National Anthem

La Marseillaise (The Song of Marseille) (as part of France)

Arise, children of the Fatherland,
The day of glory has arrived!
Against us, tyranny’s
Bloody banner is raised, (repeat)
Do you hear, in the countryside,
The roar of those ferocious soldiers?
They’re coming right into your arms
To cut the throats of your sons, your women!
To arms, citizens,
Form your battalions,
Let’s march, let’s march!
Let an impure blood
Water our furrows! (repeat)

Flags of Neighboring Countries

Due to its location, French Polynesia does not have direct neighboring countries. The closest nations are other Pacific island countries like Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga.

History of the French Polynesia Flag

French Polynesia, as an overseas country of France, officially uses the French national flag, the Tricolore. However, it also has its local flag which is widely recognized and used.

The local flag of French Polynesia features two red horizontal bands with a larger white band in the middle. In the center of the white band is the emblem of French Polynesia, which includes a canoe (pirogue), five stars representing the five archipelagoes, and a sun and sea symbol. The red and white colors are traditional Polynesian colors. The red symbolizes the blood of the ancestors and their strength, while the white represents purity and the ocean’s foam.

The local flag was adopted in 1984 and is used alongside the French Tricolore in French Polynesia. It represents the unique cultural identity of the Polynesian people within the French Republic. The flag is a symbol of the region’s heritage, natural beauty, and its status as part of France.

French Polynesia’s flag reflects the islands’ blend of French and Polynesian cultures, symbolizing a unique identity in the Pacific region. It is flown at local events, governmental buildings, and in international sports and cultural forums, representing the pride and unity of the Polynesian people within the French community.