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The Windward Islands ( ) are the eastern group of the Society Islandsmarker in French Polynesiamarker, an overseas collectivity of Francemarker in the southern Pacific Oceanmarker.

Geography

The archipelago comprises an administrative division ( ) of French Polynesia, and includes Tahitimarker, Mooreamarker, Mehetiamarker, Tetiaroamarker, and Maiaomarker. The capital of the administrative district is Papeetemarker on the island of Tahiti. Tahiti, Moorea, and Mehetia are high islands. Tetiaroa and Maiao are coral atolls.

Culture

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

Administrative

Administratively, the Windward Islands form the administrative subdivision of the Windward Islands (subdivision administrative des Îles du Vent), one of French Polynesiamarker'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 Polynesiamarker's 6 electoral districts (circonsriptions électorales) for the Assembly of French Polynesia (see also Politics of French Polynesia).

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