Statistical information Cocos Islands 1992Cocos%20Islands

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Cocos Islands in the World


Cocos Islands - Introduction 1992
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Background: A possession of the UK since 1857 the islands were transferred to Australia in 1955.

Cocos Islands - Geography 1992
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Geographic coordinates

Map reference

Total: 14 km²
Land: 14 km²; main islands are West Island and Home Island
Comparative: about 24 times the size of the Mall in Washington, DC

Land boundaries: none

Coastline: 2.6 km

Maritime claims
Exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Territorial sea: 3 nm
Disputes: none

Climate: pleasant, modified by the southeasttrade wind for about nine months of the year; moderate rain fall

Terrain: flat, low-lying coral atolls


Natural resources: fish
Land use

Land use: arable land: 0%; permanent crops: 0%; meadows and pastures 0%; forest and woodland 0%; other 100%

Irrigated land

Major rivers

Major watersheds area km²

Total water withdrawal

Total renewable water resources

Natural hazards


Cocos Islands - People 1992
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Population: 597 (July 1992), growth rate - 0.5% (1992)

Nationality: noun - Cocos Islander(s; adjective - Cocos Islander

Ethnic groups:
mostly Europeans on West Island and Cocos Malays on
Home Island

Languages: English

Religions: almost all Sunni Muslims

Demographic profile
Age structure

Age structure

Dependency ratios

Median age

Population growth rate

Birth rate: NA births/1000 population (1992)

Death rate: NA deaths/1000 population (1992)

Net migration rate: NA migrants/1000 population (1992)

Population distribution


Major urban areas

Current issues: two coral atolls thickly covered with coconut palms and other vegetation
Current issues note:
located 1,070 km southwest of Sumatra (Indonesia) in the Indian
Ocean about halfway between Australia and Sri Lanka

Air pollutants

Sex ratio

Mothers mean age at first birth

Maternal mortality ratio

Infant mortality rate: NA deaths/1000 live births (1992)

Life expectancy at birth: NA years male, NA years female (1992)

Total fertility rate: NA children born/woman (1992)

Contraceptive prevalence rate

Drinking water source

Current health expenditure

Physicians density

Hospital bed density

Sanitation facility access


Major infectious diseases

Obesity adult prevalence rate

Alcohol consumption

Tobacco use

Children under the age of 5 years underweight

Education expenditures

Literacy: NA% (male NA%, female NA%)

School life expectancy primary to tertiary education

Youth unemployment

Cocos Islands - Government 1992
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Country name
Conventional long form: Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Government type: territory of Australia

Capital: West Island

Administrative divisions: none (territory of Australia)

Dependent areas

Independence: none (territory of Australia)

National holiday: NA

Constitution: Cocos (Keeling) Islands Act of 1955

Legal system: based upon the laws of Australia and local laws

International law organization participation


Suffrage: NA

Executive branch: British monarch, governor general of Australia, administrator, chairman of the Islands Council

Legislative branch: unicameral Islands Council

Judicial branch: Supreme Court

Political parties and leaders

International organization participation: none
Diplomatic representation: none (territory of Australia)

Diplomatic representation

Flag descriptionflag of Cocos%20Islands: the flag of Australia is used

National symbols

National anthem

National heritage

Cocos Islands - Economy 1992
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Economy overview:
Grown throughout the islands, coconuts are the sole cash crop.
Copra and fresh coconuts are the major export earners. Small local gardens and fishing contribute to the food supply, but additional food and most other necessities must be imported from Australia.

GDP: $NA, per capita $NA; real growth rate NA%

Real gdp purchasing power parity

Real gdp growth rate

Real gdp per capita ppp

Gross national saving
Gdp composition by sector of origin

Gdp composition by end use

Gdp composition by sector of origin

Agriculture products: gardens provide vegetables, bananas, pawpaws, coconuts

Industries: copra products

Industrial production growth rate: growth rate NA%

Labor force: NA
Organized labor: none
Labor force

Unemployment rate

Youth unemployment

Population below poverty line

Gini index

Household income or consumption by percentage share

Distribution of family income gini index

Budget: revenues $NA; expenditures $NA, including capital expenditures of $NA

Public debt

Taxes and other revenues


Fiscal year: 1 July - 30 June

Current account balance

Inflation rate consumer prices

Central bank discount rate

Commercial bank prime lending rate

Stock of narrow money

Stock of broad money

Stock of domestic credit

Market value of publicly traded shares

Current account balance

Exports: $NA
Commodoties: copra
Partners: Australia

Imports: $NA
Commodoties: foodstuffs
Partners: Australia

Reserves of foreign exchange and gold

Debt external

Stock of direct foreign investment at home

Stock of direct foreign investment abroad

Exchange rates: Australian dollars ($A) per US$1 - 1.3360 (January 1992), 1.2836 (1991), 1.2799 (1990), 1.2618 (1989), 1.2752 (1988), 1.4267 (1987)

Cocos Islands - Energy 1992
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Electricity access

Electricity production: 1,000 kW capacity; 2 million kWh produced, 2,980 kWh per capita (1990)

Electricity consumption

Electricity exports

Electricity imports

Electricity installed generating capacity

Electricity transmission distribution losses

Electricity generation sources


Refined petroleum

Natural gas

Carbon dioxide emissions

Energy consumption per capita

Cocos Islands - Communication 1992
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Telephones fixed lines

Telephones mobile cellular

Telephone system

Broadcast media

Internet country code

Internet users

Broadband fixed subscriptions

Cocos Islands - Military 1992
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Military expenditures

Military and security forces

Military service age and obligation

Terrorist groups

Cocos Islands - Transportation 1992
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National air transport system

Civil aircraft registration country code prefix

1 airfield with permanent-surface runway, 1,220-2,439 m; airport on West Island is a link in service between Australia and South

Airports with paved runways

Airports with unpaved runways






Merchant marine

Ports and terminals

Cocos Islands - Transnational issues 1992
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Disputes international

Refugees and internally displaced persons

Illicit drugs

Iberostar Hotels

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