Largest Cities in Cook Islands

Facts about Cook Islands

Official languages: English, Maori
Capital: Avarua
Area: 240 km²
Population: 21,388 residents
Population density: 89.12 residents per km²
Currency: NZD
Internet TLD: .ck
ISO codes: CK, COK, 184
The telephone code for Cook Islands is +682

Flag of the Cook Islands

The flag of the Cook Islands, in use since 1979, is composed of a dark blue leaf, the Union Jack in the upper left and fifteen white five-pointed stars arranged in a circle. The Union Jack commemorates the days of the British protectorate, but today the islands are a loosely associated territory of New Zealand. Fifteen stars of equal size represent the main islands of the archipelago and their equality. White and blue are the colors of the Democratic Party, which has been in power since 1979. Blue represents the Pacific Ocean and white represents the peaceful nature of the people. Before 1979, a green-yellow flag was used to reflect the colors of the then ruling party.

State Overview

The Cook Islands (English: Cook Islands; other names: Cook Archipelago, Mangaia Archipelago, Hervey Islands) are a sovereign state and a group of islands in the southern Pacific at 156 ° to 167 ° W and 8 ° to 23 ° S.

The international legal status of the Cook Islands is special. The Cook Islands are an independent state in “free association with New Zealand”. This status was chosen by the Cook Islands in an act of self-determination that was overseen and approved by the United Nations in accordance with General Assembly Resolution 1514 (XV). The Cook Islands are self-governing. Their legal system is separate and independent from that of New Zealand. The legislative and executive power is not restricted by New Zealand. However, the Cook Islands do not have their own nationality; the residents of the country are citizens of New Zealand.

Based on an agreement from 1973, New Zealand has taken on tasks of external representation and security policy within the framework of a consultation mechanism. The association relationship does not prevent the Cook Islands from entering into agreements under international law. Such agreements have been made bilaterally and multilaterally. The association relationship with New Zealand has developed since 1965.

Germany recognized the Cook Islands as an independent state in March 2001. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on September 11, 2001.


Total population 8,574
Population growth rate -2.59%
Birth rate 14.00 births per 1,000 residents
Life expectancy
Overall 75.15 years
Men 72.35 years
Women 78.09 years
Age structure
0-14 years 20.68%
15-64 years 66.77%
65 years and above 12.55%
Median age 35.25 years
Gender ratio 1.07 M / F
Population density 36.33 residents per km²
Urbanization 70.20%
(Avarua (Rarotonga)) [capital] k. A.
Cook Island Maori (Polynesian) 81.3%, part Cook Island Maori 6.7%, other 11.9% (2011)
Protestants 62.8% Roman Catholic 17% Mormons 4.4% Other religions 8% No religious affiliation 5.6%
Human Development Index (HDI)
HDI ranking


Biggest Cities of Cook Islands by Population

# City Population Latitude Longitude
1 Avarua, Cook Islands 13,484 -21.2075 -159.775

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