Windward Islands (Society Islands)

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This article is about the eastern islands of French Polynesia. For the Caribbean island group within the Lesser Antilles, see Windward Islands. For the main islands of Hawaii, see Hawaiian Windward Islands.
Windward Islands
Native name: Îles du Vent
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Geography
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 17°32′S 149°50′W / 17.533°S 149.833°W / -17.533; -149.833Coordinates: 17°32′S 149°50′W / 17.533°S 149.833°W / -17.533; -149.833
Archipelago Society Islands
Major islands Tahiti, Moorea, Mehetia, Tetiaroa
Area 1,195 km2 (461 sq mi)
Highest elevation 2,241 m (7,352 ft)
Highest point Mont Orohena
Country
France
Overseas collectivity French Polynesia
Largest city Papeete (pop. 131,695 urban)
Demographics
Population 194,623[1] (as of Aug. 2007 census)
Density 163 /km2 (422 /sq mi)

The Windward Islands (French: Îles du Vent) are the eastern group of the Society Islands in French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the southern Pacific Ocean. These islands were originally named the Georgian Islands in honor of King George III of England.

Geography[edit]

The archipelago comprises an administrative division (French: subdivision administrative) of French Polynesia, and includes the following islands:

The capital of the administrative district is Papeete on the island of Tahiti. Tahiti, Moorea, and Mehetia are high islands. Tetiaroa and Maiao are coral atolls.

Culture[edit]

The majority of the population speaks French and Tahitian (co-official with French throughout French Polynesia).

Administrative[edit]

Administratively, the Windward Islands form the administrative subdivision of the Windward Islands (subdivision administrative des Îles du Vent), one of French Polynesia's five administrative subdivisions. Geographically, the administrative subdivision of the Windward Islands is identical with the electoral district of the Windward Islands (circonscription des Îles du Vent), one of French Polynesia's 6 electoral districts (circonsriptions électorales) for the Assembly of French Polynesia (see also Politics of French Polynesia).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Institut Statistique de Polynésie Française (ISPF). "Recensement de la population 2007" (PDF) (in French). Archived from the original on 2007-12-03. Retrieved 2007-12-02.