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Cook Islands

The Cook Islands are a self-governing parliamentary democracy in free association with New Zealand. The 15 small islands in this South Pacific Ocean archipelago have a total land area of only 240 square km. The capital is Avarua. A popular art form on the islands is tivaevae, often likened to quilting.

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National motto: none
Languages English (official), Rarotongan
Capital Avarua
Queen Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Jim Marurai
 - Total
 - % water
Ranked 225th
240 km²

 - Total (2003)

 - Density
Ranked 219th


 - Date
None. Became self-governing in free association with New Zealand
August 4 1965
Currency New Zealand dollar (NZD,) albeit with different designs on the coins
Time zone UTC-10
National anthem "Te Atua Mou'e" (God is Truth)
Internet TLD .ck
Calling Code 682



Southern Cook Islands

Northern Cook Islands





Date Name
January 1 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
August 4 Constitution Day
October 16 Gospel Day
December 25 Christmas
December 26 Boxing Day




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

External links

  • The best and most comprehensive website on the Cook Islands
  • Cook Islands Government
  • Finding Cook Islands
  • Map of the Cook Islands
  • Cook Islands information with images and maps
  • Jane's Cook Islands Home Page

Countries in Oceania
Australia | East Timor | Fiji | Kiribati | Marshall Islands | Federated States of Micronesia | Nauru | New Zealand | Palau | Papua New Guinea | Samoa | Solomon Islands | Tonga | Tuvalu | Vanuatu
Other political units: American Samoa | Cook Islands | Easter Island | French Polynesia | Guam | Hawaii | Maluku Islands | Midway Atoll | New Caledonia | Niue | Norfolk Island | Northern Mariana Islands | Papua (Indonesia) | Pitcairn Islands | Tokelau | Wake Island | Wallis and Futuna | West Timor

Areas associated with New Zealand
Cook Islands | Niue | Ross Dependency | Tokelau

Last updated: 02-07-2005 16:55:31
Last updated: 02-25-2005 01:04:06