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Country name conventional long form: Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands
conventional short form: Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Gevernment typeNA
Capital name: West Island
geographic coordinates: 12 10 S, 96 55 E
time difference: UTC+6.5 (11.5 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Flag descriptionthe flag of Australia is used
CurrencyAustralian dollar (AUD)
Internet country code.cc
Ports and terminalsPort Refuge
Agriculture productsvegetables, bananas, pawpaws, coconuts
Industriescopra products and tourism
Geography
LocationSoutheastern Asia, group of islands in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Indonesia, about halfway from Australia to Sri Lanka
Coordinates12 30 S, 96 50 E
ContinentSoutheast Asia
Area total: 14 sq km
land: 14 sq km
water: 0 sq km
note: includes the two main islands of West Island and Home Island
Boundaries0 km
Coastline26 km
Climatetropical with high humidity, moderated by the southeast trade winds for about nine months of the year
Terrainflat, low-lying coral atolls
Natural resourcesfish
Natural hazardscyclone season is October to April
People
Population574 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsEuropeans, Cocos Malays
ReligionsSunni Muslim 80%, other 20% (2002 est.)
LanguagesMalay (Cocos dialect), English

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