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Country name conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Cook Islands
former: Harvey Islands
Gevernment typeself-governing parliamentary democracy
Capital name: Avarua
geographic coordinates: 21 12 S, 159 46 W
time difference: UTC-10 (5 hours behind Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Flag descriptionblue, with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and a large circle of 15 white five-pointed stars (one for every island) centered in the outer half of the flag
CurrencyNew Zealand dollar (NZD)
Internet country code.ck
Ports and terminalsAvatiu
Agriculture productscopra, citrus, pineapples, tomatoes, beans, pawpaws, bananas, yams, taro, coffee; pigs, poultry
Industriesfruit processing, tourism, fishing, clothing, handicrafts
Geography
LocationOceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand
Coordinates21 14 S, 159 46 W
ContinentOceania
Area total: 236.7 sq km
land: 236.7 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Boundaries0 km
Coastline120 km
Climatetropical oceanic; moderated by trade winds; a dry season from April to November and a more humid season from December to March
Terrainlow coral atolls in north; volcanic, hilly islands in south
Natural resourcesNEGL
Natural hazardstyphoons (November to March)
People
Population21,388 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsCook Island Maori (Polynesian) 87.7%, part Cook Island Maori 5.8%, other 6.5% (2001 census)
ReligionsCook Islands Christian Church 55.9%, Roman Catholic 16.8%, Seventh-Day Adventists 7.9%, Church of Latter Day Saints 3.8%, other Protestant 5.8%, other 4.2%, unspecified 2.6%, none 3% (2001 census)
LanguagesEnglish (official), Maori

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