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Careers, Jobs and Education Resources for: Cook Islands

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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. (from the CIA)


Economic Overview

Like many other south pacific island nations, the cook islands' economic development is hindered by the isolation of the country from foreign markets, the limited size of domestic markets, lack of natural resources, periodic devastation from natural disasters, and inadequate infrastructure. agriculture, employing about one-third of the working population, provides the economic base with major exports made up of copra and citrus fruit. black pearls are the cook islands' leading export. manufacturing activities are limited to fruit processing, clothing, and handicrafts. trade deficits are offset by remittances from emigrants and by foreign aid, overwhelmingly from new zealand. in the 1980s and 1990s, the country lived beyond its means, maintaining a bloated public service and accumulating a large foreign debt. subsequent reforms, including the sale of state assets, the strengthening of economic management, the encouragement of tourism, and a debt restructuring agreement, have rekindled investment and growth.

Environmental Issues


Government Type

Self-governing parliamentary democracy


12,271 (july 2008 est.)


Oceania, group of islands in the south pacific ocean, about half way between hawaii and new zealand


Total: 236.7 sq km land: 236.7 sq km water: 0 sq km

1.3 times the size of washington, dc

Country Aliases

Conventional long form: none conventional short form: cook islands former: harvey islands


Name: avarua geographic coordinates: 21 12 s, 159 46 w time difference: utc-10 (5 hours behind washington, dc during standard time)

International Disputes


Sources: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

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