Windward Islands (Society Islands)
|Native name: |
Îles du Vent
|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|
|Overseas collectivity||French Polynesia|
|Largest settlement||Papeete (capital) (pop. 131,695 urban)|
|Population||194,623 (Aug. 2007 census)|
|Pop. 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 also previously named the Georgian Islands in honor of King George III of the United Kingdom.
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).