map of Cook Islands COOK 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): Cook Islands
country code ISO: CK //; - FIPS: CW
location: Pacific Ocean, halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii
time zone: -10 UT
surface (land) area: 234 = 90,3 sq.mi //; - area incl. inland waters: 240,1 = 92,7 sq.mi
geographical position in extreme co-ordinates: North: 8° S / South: 23° S / East: 155° W / West: 170° W
borders (land): none
borders (coastline): Pacific Ocean
climate: tropical oceanic
independent since: internal autonomy in 1965
type of government: external dependent territory of New Zealand
capital: Avarua, on Rarotonga
administrative division: none
population according to the last two censuses: 1996: 19,103 /-; 2001: 18,027
total population according to the estimate of midyear (2000) 20,407 /-; (2001) 20,611
population density: 80 per = 208 per sq.mi
population growth: % //; - doubling time: years
birth rate: 28 per 1000
death rate: 6 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: 68 years (male: 62; female: 73)
age breakdown: 0-14 years: % //; - 15-59 years: % //; - 60+ years: %
urbanisation: 59% //; - urbanisation growth: %
percentage of urban population in the greatest city: %
Ethnic composition, language, religion
ethnic groups: Maori, Polynesian
languages: Maori, English
religious affiliation: Cook Islands Congregational Church 60%; Roman Catholic 20%; other Christian 20%
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: New Zealand dollar (until 1995 local currency: Cook Isl. $)
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 86 per capita //; - export: USD 9 per capita
trade: USD per capita //; - or % of GDP
trade partners: NZ IT AU JP
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: 17% //; - grass land: % //; - wooded area: % //; - arid land and desert: %
agriculture: labour force: 7% //; - part of agriculture in GDP: 18%
agricultural products: fresh fruit and vegetables (cassava, sweet potatoes, coconuts), copra; fish
livestock (1000's): goats: 7 / horses: 9 / pigs: 32 / poultry: 45
fish catch: 1000 metric tonnes
industry: labour force: 13% //; - part of industry in GDP: 9%
industrial products: fruit juice, clothing
mining products: seabed has high concentrations of manganese nodules, rich in cobalt and nickel
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: 320 km //; - of which paved: % //; - of which are motorways: 0 km
vehicles: 250 per 1000 // international license plate: NZ (?)
railways: 0 km //; - railways passenger/km: -
navigable inland waterways: 0 km
ownership telephone: 250 per 1000 // international dialling code: +64 (?)
ownership radio receivers: 500 per 1000
ownership tv-sets: 150 per 1000
newspaper circulation: per 1000
persons per post office:
personal computers: per 1000
Some physical landmarks
mountains: Te Manga 653 m, Te Atukura 632, Te Kou 588, Maunga Roa 509, Mt. Ikurangi 485
lowest point: sea level
lakes (natural): not found on maps or in atlantes at the disposal of the compiler
lakes (artificial reservoirs): none, or unknown
lakes (deepest): unknown
rivers: Avana (on Rarotonga)
canals: none
waterfalls: unknown
caves: longest system: unknown / deepest:
islands: 2 groups of 24 islands; for details see the separate file of the 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
mountains are only those on Rarotonga, elevations and names on other islands are not shown in detail on maps
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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Latest modification of this page on 2004-12-30 by Jan Lahmeyer
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