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Administrative divisions: none (territory of Australia)
Area: total: 14 sq km land: 14 sq km water: 0 sq km note: includes the two main islands of West Island and Home Island
Background: 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.
Flag description: the flag of Australia is used
Capital: name: West Island geographic coordinates: 12 10 S , 96 50 E time difference: UTC+6.5 (11.5 hours ahead of Washington , DC during Standard Time)
Climate: tropical with high humidity , moderated by the southeast trade winds for about nine months of the year
Currency code: Australian dollar (AUD)
Ethnic groups: Europeans , Cocos Malays
Geographic coordinates: 12 30 S , 96 50 E
Geography note: islands are thickly covered with coconut palms and other vegetation; site of a World War I naval battle in November 1914 between the Australian light cruiser HMAS Sydney and the German raider SMS Emden; after being heavily damaged in the engagement , the Emden was beached by her captain on North Keeling Island
Government type: NA
Imports partners: Australia (2006)
Internet country code: .cc
Land boundaries: 26 km
Neighbouring countries: 0 km
Languages: Malay (Cocos dialect) , English
Location: Southeastern Asia , group of islands in the Indian Ocean , southwest of Indonesia , about halfway from Australia to Sri Lanka
Map references: Southeast Asia
National holiday: Australia Day , 26 January (1788)
Nationality: noun: Cocos Islander(s) adjective: Cocos Islander
Natural hazards: cyclone season is October to April
Population: 596 (July 2007 est.)
Religions: Sunni Muslim 80% , other 20% (2002 est.)
Terrain: flat , low-lying coral atolls
Unemployment rate: 60% (2000 est.)

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