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   Cook Islands

Introduction:
Named after Captain COOK, who sighted them in 1770, the islands became a British protectorate in 1888. By 1900, administrative control was transferred to New Zealand; in 1965, residents chose self-government in free association with New Zealand. The emigration of skilled workers to New Zealand and government deficits are continuing problems.


Official name: Cook Islands
Capital: name: Avarua
geographic coordinates: 21 12 S, 159 46 W
time difference: UTC-10 (5 hours behind Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Government type: self-governing parliamentary democracy
Population: 21,750 (July 2007 est.)
Languages: English (official), Maori
Official Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

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Currency code: NZD
Area: total: 236.7 sq km
land: 236.7 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Climate: tropical oceanic; moderated by trade winds; a dry season from April to November and a more humid season from December to March


Map of Cook Islands
map of Cook Islands


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