Geography of Cocos Islands

Location:Southeastern Asia, group of islands in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Indonesia, about halfway from Australia to Sri Lanka
Geographic coordinates:12 30 S, 96 50 E
Map references:Southeast Asia
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
Area - comparative:about 24 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC
Land boundaries:0 km
Coastline:26 km
Maritime claims:territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
Climate:tropical with high humidity, moderated by the southeast trade winds for about nine months of the year
Terrain:flat, low-lying coral atolls
Elevation extremes:lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
highest point: unnamed location 5 m
Natural resources:fish
Land use:arable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 100% (2005)
Irrigated land:NA
Natural hazards:cyclone season is October to April
Environment - current issues:fresh water resources are limited to rainwater accumulations in natural underground reservoirs
Geography - note:islands are thickly covered with coconut palms and other vegetation

Cocos Islands Quickstats

  • Population: 596 (July 2007 est.)
  • Area: 14 sq km
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Languages of Cocos Islands

Useful to know

  • Currency: Australian dollar (AUD)
  • Dial code: ++61-891

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Cocos Islands Internet

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  • Top Domain: .ck

WT eBusiness info:

  • Success Ranking: 100
  • Market testing: Untested
  • Overall risk: High
  • Overall reward: Low


  • Tourism: 10%
  • eCommerce: 10%
  • Gaming: 10%
  • eLearning: 10%

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