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Careers, Jobs and Education Resources for: Christmas Island

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Named in 1643 for the day of its discovery, the island was annexed and settlement began by the UK in 1888. Phosphate mining began in the 1890s. The UK transferred sovereignty to Australia in 1958. Almost two-thirds of the island has been declared a national park. (from the CIA)


Economic Overview

Phosphate mining had been the only significant economic activity, but in december 1987 the australian government closed the mine. in 1991, the mine was reopened. with the support of the government, a $34 million casino opened in 1993, but closed in 1998. the australian government in 2001 agreed to support the creation of a commercial space-launching site on the island, expected to begin operations in the near future.

Environmental Issues

Loss of rainforest; impact of phosphate mining

Government Type



1,402 (july 2007 est.)


Southeastern asia, island in the indian ocean, south of indonesia


Total: 135 sq km land: 135 sq km water: 0 sq km

About three-quarters the size of washington, dc

Country Aliases

Conventional long form: territory of christmas island conventional short form: christmas island


Name: the settlement geographic coordinates: 10 25 s, 105 43 e time difference: utc+7 (12 hours ahead of washington, dc during standard time)

International Disputes


Sources: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

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