Windward Islands (Society Islands)

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Windward Islands
Native name:
Îles du Vent
Karta FP Societe isl.PNG
LocationPacific Ocean
Coordinates17°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
ArchipelagoSociety Islands
Major islandsTahiti, Moorea, Mehetia, Tetiaroa
Area1,195 km2 (461 sq mi)
Highest elevation2,241 m (7352 ft)
Highest pointMont Orohena
Overseas collectivityFrench Polynesia
Largest settlementPapeete (capital) (pop. 131,695 urban)
Population194,623[1] (Aug. 2007 census)
Pop. density163/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 also previously named the Georgian Islands in honour of King George III of the United Kingdom.


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.


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


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. The administrative subdivision of the Windward Islands geographically co-extensive with the electoral district of the Windward Islands (circonscription des Îles du Vent), one of French Polynesia's 6 electoral districts (circonscriptions électorales) for the Assembly of French Polynesia (see also Politics of French Polynesia).


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