Cocos (Keeling) Islands

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I updated the population to the latest Australian census.

Country overview: 

ISO codeCC
LanguageEnglish (en)
Time zone+6:30
CapitalBantam Village


Cocos (Keeling) Islands was part of the Straits Settlements (the precursor of Malaysia). In 1903, it became part of the colony of Singapore. On 1955-11-23, it was transferred to Australia as an external territory. The parenthetical expression in its name expresses the fact that either name, Cocos Islands or Keeling Islands, is equally acceptable.

Other names of country: 

  1. English: Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (formal)
  2. French: Īles des Cocos (Keeling), Īles fp Cocos (Keeling)
  3. German: Kokosinseln (Keeling-Inseln) fp
  4. Italian: Isole fp Cocos (Keeling)
  5. Portuguese: Ilhas Cocos (Keeling)
  6. Russian: Кокосовые острова, Территория Кокосовые (Килинг) Острова (formal)
  7. Spanish: Islas Cocos (Keeling), Islas fp de Cocos o Keeling
  8. Turkish: Cocos (Keeling) Adaları

Origin of name: 

Discovered 1609 by Capt. William Keeling; coconut palms found there

Primary subdivisions: 

Cocos (Keeling) Islands have no known administrative divisions.

Cocos (Keeling) IslandsCC.CC572145Bantam Village

Territorial extent: 

Cocos (Keeling) Islands consists of two atolls in the Indian Ocean. North Keeling Island is the only significant island in one of the atolls; the other one comprises Home Island and West Island, which are inhabited, and several others. Bantam Village, on Home Island, is not officially a capital, but it appears to be the main settlement.

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