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Cook Islands

By Vexen Crabtree 2013



Cook Islands
StatusSelf-governing in Free Association with New Zealand
Land Area
LocationAustralasia, Polynesia
GroupingsSmall Islands
Life Expectancy
ISO3166-1 CodesCK, COK, 1841
Internet Domain.ck2
CurrencyDollar (NZD)3

1. Overview

#new_zealand #UK

Named after Captain COOK, who sighted them in 1770, the islands became a British protectorate in 1888. By 1900, administrative control was transferred to New Zealand; in 1965, residents chose self-government in free association with New Zealand. The emigration of skilled workers to New Zealand and government deficits are continuing problems.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)5

Book CoverFifteen droplets of land cast across 2 million sq km of wild Pacific blue, the Cook Islands are simultaneously remote and accessible, modern and traditional. With a hip cafe culture, fine restaurants and funky nightlife, Rarotonga lives confidently in the 21st century. But beyond the island´s tourist buzz and contemporary appearance is a robust culture, firmly anchored by traditional Polynesian values and steeped in oral history.North of `Raro´, the sublime lagoon of Aitutaki is ringed with tiny deserted islands and is one of the Pacific´s most improbably scenic jewels. Venture further and robust Polynesian traditions emerge nearer the surface. Drink home brew at a traditional `Atiuan tumunu (bush-beer drinking club), explore the ancient makatea (raised coral cliffs) and taro fields of Mangaia, or swim in the underground cave pools of Mitiaro and Ma´uke. The even more remote Northern Group is a sublime South Seas idyll experienced only by a lucky few.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)6

As a territory of New Zealand I do not have many specific statistics for this territory in its own right.

2. Politics and Freedom


Nominal Commitment to HR (2009)7
Pos.Higher is better
3Costa Rica23
169St Kitts & Nevis9
171Cook Islands9
World Avg15.1

3. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below8:

Folk Religion0.1%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Protestant 69.6% (Cook Islands Christian Church 55.9%, Seventh-Day Adventist 7.9%, other Protestant 5.8%), Roman Catholic 16.8%, Mormon 3.8%, other 4.2%, unspecified 2.6%, none 3% (2001 census)9.

The Lonely Planet travel guide points out with joyful glee the historical situation of the Cook Islands Christian Church. It...

Book Cover... was built by two villages, Areora and Ngatiarua, in 1882. When the outside was completed, there was disagreement between the villages about how the inside should be decorated so they built a wall down the middle. The wall has since been removed, though the interior is decorated in markedly different styles. Each village has its own entrance, sits at its own side and takes turns singing the hymns. The minister stands astride the dividing line down the middle of the pulpit.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)6


4. Public Health Issues

#alcohol #health #vaccines

Alcohol Consumption (2010)10
Pos.Lower is better
Per Capita10
93Ivory Coast6.0
96Cook Islands6.4
99Equatorial Guinea6.6
100St Vincent & Grenadines6.6
World Avg6.2
Infant Immunizations 2011-2015 (2015)11
Pos.Higher is better
Avg %11
26Cook Islands97.3
29St Vincent & Grenadines97.2
World Avg88.3

5. More Charts and Comparisons to Other Countries

There isn't much information in the database for Cook Islands, most likely because it is either a part of another country (i.e., a territory or posession) and therefore most international statistics are counted for the country as a whole, or, this is such an exotic place that little data exists about it.

Current edition: 2013 May 01
Last Modified: 2017 Jun 18
Parent page: Compare International Statistics by Region and Continent

All #tags used on this page - click for more:

#alcohol #buddhism #christianity #health #hinduism #homosexuality #human_rights #islam #judaism #new_zealand #UK #vaccines

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References: (What's this?)

(2013) World Factbook. The USA Government's Central Intelligence Agency (USA CIA) publishes The World Factbook, and the online version is frequently updated.

Lonely Planet
(2014) The World. Subtitled: "A Traveller's Guide to the Planet". Published by Lonely Planet, London, UK. Each chapter is devoted to a specific country and includes a list of the most interesting places to visit and a few other cultural notes.

World Health Organisation. (WHO)
(2014) Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health. A copy can be found on the WHO website. Accessed 2015 Jan 04. It "presents a comprehensive perspective on the global, regional and country consumption of alcohol, patterns of drinking, health consequences and policy responses in Member States" and was published in Geneva on 2014 May 12.


  1. International Standards Organisation (ISO) standard ISO3166-1, on, accessed 2013 May 01.^
  2. Top level domains (TLDs) are managed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) on^
  3. According to ISO4217.^
  4. According to ITU-T.^
  5. CIA (2013). Https:// accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  6. Lonely Planet (2014). Chapter "Cook Islands".^^
  7. Max possible=24. Total amount of treaties ratified. Nominal Commitment to Human Rights report published by UCL School of Public Policy, London, UK, at accessed 2011 Apr 30.^
  8. Pew Forum (2012) publication "The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World´s Major Religious Groups as of 2010" (2012 Dec 18) accessed 2013 May 01.^
  9. CIA (2013). Https:// accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  10. WHO (2014). Appendix 1. Alcohol Per Capita Consumption in liters of pure alcohol, 15+ years age population, consumed in 2010. Lower is better.^
  11. World Health Organisation data for 2011-2015 from 7 data series accessed 2017 May 21. Details in "Immunizations: International Statistics on Vaccines and the Autism Scare: 3. World Health Organisation Statistics" by Vexen Crabtree (2017).^
  12. Sources:^

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