Countries in Polynesia


Polynesia is the name given to a set of islands in the South Pacific Ocean. Historically, the Polynesian islands have been populated by groups originating from what is currently Taiwan, which sailed through the Pacific about 3500 years BC populating the islands of the south of the ocean. Due to its common origin and dispersion, Polynesian Indians (called Polynesians) share culture, mythology and very similar habits. The central feature of these people is navigation, guided by the position of the stars.

Extended over a huge oceanic surface, it has 298.000 km ² of area and 4.5 million inhabitants. Its larger islands have volcanic origins, and the smaller ones have a Coraline origin. Since the entire Polynesian territory is among the tropics, it has a very tropical and humid equatorial or tropical climate.

Nowadays, due to colonization processes, most of the islands belong to the United states (Hawaii, Midway, Samoa), new Zealand (Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue), France (The Marquesas Islands, Tuamotu, Tubuai and the islands of the society that form the French Polynesia) and Chile (Easter Island and Sala y Gómez). For these countries, many of these islands play a strategic military role, such as naval or aerial bases. Almost all of them have an undeveloped economy, which is based on subsistence farming and a modest commercial agriculture. An exception is the islands of Hawaii, which, because of American colonization, has a tourism-based economy.

How Many Countries in Polynesia

As a region of Oceania, Polynesia is composed of 4 independent countries (New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu) and 2 territories (Tokelau, Cook Islands). See below for the list of Polynesia countries and dependencies by population.  Also, you can find all of them in alphabetical order at this end of this page.

List of Countries in Polynesia and Their Capitals

As noted above, there are 4 independent countries in the Polynesia region of Oceania. Among them, the largest country is New Zealand and the smallest is Tuvalu. The full list of countries in Polynesia with capitals is shown in the table below, ranked by latest total population.

Rank Independent Country Current Population Capital
1 New Zealand 4,366,765 Wellington
2 Samoa 199,052 Apia
3 Tonga 100,651 Nukuʻalofa
4 Tuvalu 10,640 Funafuti

Map of Countries in Polynesia

Alphabetical List of Countries and Dependencies in Polynesia

In summary, there are a total of 6 independent countries and dependent territories in Polynesia. See the following for full list of Polynesia countries and dependencies in alphabetical order:

  1. Cook Islands (New Zealand)
  2. New Zealand
  3. Samoa
  4. Tokelau (New Zealand)
  5. Tonga
  6. Tuvalu

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