Careers, Jobs and Education Resources for: Cocos (Keeling) Islands

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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. (from the CIA)


Economic Overview

Grown throughout the islands, coconuts are the sole cash crop. small local gardens and fishing contribute to the food supply, but additional food and most other necessities must be imported from australia. there is a small tourist industry.

Environmental Issues

Fresh water resources are limited to rainwater accumulations in natural underground reservoirs

Government Type



596 (july 2007 est.)


Southeastern asia, group of islands in the indian ocean, southwest of indonesia, about halfway from australia to sri lanka


Total: 14 sq km land: 14 sq km water: 0 sq km note: includes the two main islands of west island and home island

About 24 times the size of the mall in washington, dc

Country Aliases

Conventional long form: territory of cocos (keeling) islands conventional short form: cocos (keeling) islands


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)

International Disputes


Sources: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

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