World Atlas: Cook Islands. On this page you can see the map, country flag and many detailed information about the people, history and economy of Cook Islands.
Here you can find online selected information about the geography, inhabitants, government, economy and history of Cook Islands. Included are selected statistics, an overview map and the detailed map of Cook Islands. But let's start with the flag of Cook Islands here:
Cook Islands - Overview:
What you should know about Cook Islands? Let's start with this: 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, government deficits, and limited natural resources are of continuing concern.
Geography of Cook Islands
Where on the globe is Cook Islands? The location of this country is Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. Total area of Cook Islands is 236 sq km, of which 236 sq km is land. So this is quite a small country. How could we describe the terrain of the country? This way: low coral atolls in north; volcanic, hilly islands in south. The lowest point of Cook Islands is Pacific Ocean 0 m, the highest point Te Manga 652 m. And the climate is tropical oceanic; moderated by trade winds; a dry season from April to November and a more humid season from December to March.
Inhabitants of Cook Islands
Let's take a look how many people live in Cook Islands. The number is: 9,290 (July 2017 est.). So not so many people live here. Who lives here? Cook Island Maori (Polynesian) 81.3%, part Cook Island Maori 6.7%, other 11.9% (2011 est.). What are the languages in Cook Islands? English (official) 86.4%, Cook Islands Maori (Rarotongan) (official) 76.2%, other 8.3%. And the religions: Protestant 62.8% (Cook Islands Christian Church 49.1%, Seventh Day Adventist 7.9%, Assemblies of God 3.7%, Apostolic Church 2.1%), Roman Catholic 17%, Mormon 4.4%, other 8%, none 5.6%, no response 2.2% (2011 est.). How old are the people in average? 36.6 years. We have to add that this number is the median - so one half of the people is older than this, one half is younger. And what is their life expectancy (at birth)? This: 76 years. Where the people live in Cook Islands? Here: most of the population is found on the island of Rarotonga. The major urban areas of Cook Islands are: unknown.
Government and Economy of Cook Islands
The capital of Cook Islands is Avarua and the government type self-governing parliamentary democracy (Parliament of the Cook Islands) in free association with New Zealand. Let's take a look at the administrative divisions - none. Regarding the economy of Cook Islands, important industrial products are fruit processing, tourism, fishing, clothing, handicrafts. Important agricultural products are copra, citrus, pineapples, tomatoes, beans, pawpaws, bananas, yams, taro, coffee; pigs, poultry. The most important export commodities are copra, papayas, fresh and canned citrus fruit, coffee; fish; pearls and pearl shells; clothing and the most important export partners are unknown. The most important import commodities are foodstuffs, textiles, fuels, timber, capital goods and the most important import partners are unknown. How rich is Cook Islands and how rich are people in this country? The most important number here is GDP per capita (PPP): $12,300 (2010 est.). This is quite good. Let's add that this means Gross Domestic Product per person, which is recalculated with respect to the relative cost of local goods and services. And one more important number - population below poverty line: NA%.