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Cocos Islands Country Guide

Explore Cocos Islands in Asia

Cocos Islands with the capital city West Island is located in Asia. It covers some 15 square kilometres with 628 citizens.

Interactive map of Cocos Islands

The average density of population is approximately 45 per km².

To reach someone in Cocos Islands dial +61 prior to a number. The cellular networks commonly support frequencies of 900 Mhz. Websites registered in this country end with the top level domain ".cc". If you want to bring electric equipment on your trip (e.g. laptop power supply), note the local power outlet of 240V - 50Hz.

About the flag and history of Cocos Islands

The flag of Australia is used.

There are 27 coral islands in the group. Captain William KEELING discovered the islands in 1609, but they remained uninhabited until the 19th century. From the 1820s to 1978, members of the CLUNIE-ROSS family controlled the islands and the copra produced from local coconuts. Annexed by the UK in 1857, the Cocos Islands were transferred to the Australian Government in 1955. Apart from North Keeling Island, which lies 30 kilometers north of the main group, the islands form a horseshoe-shaped atoll surrounding a lagoon. North Keeling Island was declared a national park in 1995 and is administered by Parks Australia. The population on the two inhabited islands generally is split between the ethnic Europeans on West Island and the ethnic Malays on Home Island.

National administrative regions of Cocos Islands

Geography Quick-Facts

Summary Continent: Asia
Capital: West Island
Size 14 square kilometers (km² or sqkm) or 5 square miles (mi² or sqmi)
Population 628
Currency Name: Dollar, Currency Code: AUD
Country Top Level Domain (cTLD) .cc
Telephone Country Prefix +61
Mobile Phone Connections 0
Landline Phone Connections 0

Country Position in World Rankings

Information about single country attributes and how these compare against the rest of the world. The information below is compiled with data from 2013. As such, it may differ a bit to the Information above in the text (which is from 2010).


Value name Value World Rank
Area 14 (sq km) 241

People and Society

Value name Value World Rank
Population 596 238
Birth rate -9.00 (births/1,000 population) 224
Death rate -9.00 (deaths/1,000 population) 225
Net migration rate -999.00 (migrant(s)/1,000 population) 222


Value name Value World Rank
GDP - real growth rate 1.00 (%) 161
Unemployment rate 60.00 (%) 197


Value name Value World Rank
Internet hosts 42,820 99


Value name Value World Rank
Airports 1 214
Roadways 22 (km) 221

Data based on CIA facts book 2010 & 2013, wikipedia, national statistical offices and their census releases

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