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The Cook Islands
Flag
of the Cook Islands
Coat of Arms
of the Cook Islands
Official Language English
Capital Avarua
Head of State Queen Elizabeth II
Queen's Representative Sir Frederick Goodwin KBE
Prime Minister Jim Marurai
Area 240 km²
Population (July 2005 Estimate) 21,388
Independence
 – Date
None; became self-governing in free association with New Zealand August 4, 1965.
National anthem Te Atua Mou E (God is Truth)
Currency New Zealand dollar (NZD). Also, have local $5, $2, 50, 20, 10, and 5 coins that can't be used elsewhere.
Time zone UTC -10
Calling Code 682
Internet TLD .ck
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Map of The Cook Islands
The Matavera Christian Church in Rarotonga

The Cook Islands are a self-governing parliamentary democracy in free association with New Zealand. The 15 small islands in this South Pacific Ocean have a total land area of 240 km². Tourism drives the economy as the country's number one industry, far ahead of offshore banking, pearls, marine and fruit exports. A popular art form on the islands is tivaivai, often likened to quilting.

Contents

History

Geography

Southern Cook Islands (Lower Cook Group)

Northern Cook Islands

Demographics

Politics

Economy

Culture

Holidays
Date Name
January 1 New Year's Day
January 2 Day after New Year's Day
The Friday before Easter Sunday Good Friday
The Day after Easter Sunday Easter Monday
April 25 ANZAC Day
The First Monday in June Queen's Birthday
July Rarotonga Gospel Day
August 4 Constitution Day
October 26 Gospel Day
December 25 Christmas
December 26 Boxing Day


See also: music of the Cook Islands

Communications

Transport

Military

  • Military: defense is the responsibility of New Zealand, in consultation with the Cook Islands and at its request.

External links

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Areas associated with New Zealand
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Flag of New Zealand

Cook Islands | Niue | Ross Dependency | Tokelau
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