map of the Cocos Islands COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS

general data of the country

General useful information
Note: some data are of constant value, while other are due to changes, fluctuations etc.
Nation and population
official name (short form): Cocos Islands (Keeling Islands)
country code ISO: CC [?] //; - FIPS: CK
location: Indian Ocean, halfway between Australia and Sri Lanka
time zone: + 6:30 UT
surface (land) area: 14,2 = 5,5 sq.mi //; - area incl. inland waters: = sq.mi
geographical position in extreme co-ordinates: North/South: 12° S / East/ West: 97° E
borders (land): none
borders (coastline): Indian Ocean
climate: tropical oceanic
independent since: not yet
type of government: dependent territory of Australia since 1955-11-23
capital: no official capital; Bantam Village (?) on West Island appears to be the main settlement
administrative division: none
population according to the latest census 2001: 621
total population according to the estimate of midyear 2000: 635
population density: 45 per = 115 per sq.mi
population growth: % //; - doubling time: years
birth rate: 20 per 1000
death rate: 1 per 1000
fertility rate: children per female
maternal mortality: per 100,000
infant mortality (in the first year of life): per 1000
infant mortality (from 1st - 4th year of life): per 1000
life expectancy: years (male: ; female: )
age breakdown: 0-14 years: % //; - 15-59 years: % //; - 60+ years: %
urbanisation: 0% [there are no "urban" settlements]
percentage of urban population in the greatest city: %
Ethnic composition, language, religion
ethnic groups: Malay, European
languages: Malay, English
religious affiliation: Muslim 57%; Christian 22%
daily food intake: calories per capita
population with access to safe water: %
people per physician:
people per hospital bed:
Education, literacy
school enrolment: primary education 6-11 years: %
school enrolment: secondary education: %
school enrolment: tertiary education 20-24 years: %
adult literacy: % (male: %; female: %)
Economy and infrastructure
Economy and trade
currency: Australian dollar ($A) = 100 cents
annual inflation rate: %
population below poverty line: %
Gross Domestic Product: USD per capita
GNI USD per capita //; - [ppp: ]
GDP growth: %
income: USD per capita
import: USD per capita //; - export: USD per capita
trade: USD per capita //; - or % of GDP
trade partners: AU
human development index: //; - position of the country in the world no.:
female labour force: %
unemployment: %
tourism: million
Economic activities in agriculture, fisheries, industry, mining, services, energy
land use: arable land: % //; - grass land: % //; - wooded area: % //; - arid land and desert: %
agriculture: labour force: % //; - part of agriculture in GDP: %
agricultural products: coconuts, copra
livestock (1000s; or: million): asses: / buffaloes: / camels: / cattle: / goats: / horses: / mules: / pigs: / poultry: / sheep:
fish catch: metric tonnes
industry: labour force: % //; - part of industry in GDP: %
industrial products:
mining products:
CO2 emission per capita:
services: labour force: % //; - part of services in GDP: %
energy use (kg per capita):
electricity use (per capita):
annual water use (per capita):
Traffic, communication
road network: km //; - of which paved: % //; - of which are motorways: km
vehicles: per 1000 // international license plate: AUS (?)
railways: km //; - railways passenger/km:
navigable inland waterways: km
ownership telephone: per 1000 // international dialling code: +61 (?)
ownership radio receivers: per 1000
ownership tv-sets: per 1000
newspaper circulation: per 1000
persons per post office:
personal computers: per 1000
Some physical landmarks
mountains: not shown on maps; these are low coral islands, so there could hardly be any high hills
lowest point: sea level
lakes (natural): none
lakes (artificial reservoirs): none
lakes (deepest): unknown
rivers: none
canals: none
waterfalls: none
caves: longest system: unknown / deepest:
islands: 27 coral islands; see the separate file of the islands as administrative division
deserts: none
other natural features:
Additional remarks, especially on the statistical information
other important features:
apart from physical landmarks most of the above figures are changeable, in most cases they date from the 1990's
primary sources used for the general information:
BB CA DK EV FW PW WA WB WR, and some - local national or international - statistical yearbooks
particulars concerning population data:

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Because there is hardly any important urban settlement there is no separate file made with those data. The sources used do not give enough information of the population of settlements.
File created for the "Populstat" website on 2002-01-27; revised on 2003-03-04; and last modified on 2004-12-27 by Jan Lahmeyer

1999/2004 "Populstat" website: Jan Lahmeyer