Facts about Cocos-(Keeling)-Islands
|Population||596 (July 2007 est.)|
|Time zone||UTC+6.5 (11.5 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)|
Southeastern Asia, group of islands in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Indonesia, about halfway from Australia to Sri Lanka
General info about Cocos-(Keeling)-Islands
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. The population on the two inhabited islands generally is split between the ethnic Europeans on West Island and the ethnic Malays on Home Island.
Malay (Cocos dialect), English
Europeans, Cocos Malays
HIV/AIDS prevalence rate
tropical with high humidity, moderated by the southeast trade winds for about nine months of the year
Grown throughout the islands, coconuts are the sole cash crop. Small local gardens and fishing contribute to the food supply, but additional food and most other necessities must be imported from Australia. There is a small tourist industry.
fresh water resources are limited to rainwater accumulations in natural underground reservoirs
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