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Here are some interesting facts about Cocos (Keeling) Islands - Category: Introduction - 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.

Category: Government - Legislative branch: unicameral Cocos (Keeling) Islands Shire Council (7 seats); elections: held every two years with half the members standing for election; last held in May 2007 (next to be held in May 2009)

Category: People - Net migration rate (migrant(s)/1,000 population): NA (2008 estimate)

Category: Economy - Budget: revenues: $NA; expenditures: $NA

Category: Geography - Area - comparative: about 24 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

Category: Transportation - Airports - with paved runways: total: 1; 1,524 to 2,437 m: 1 (2007)

Category: Communications - Internet users: NA

Category: Military - Military - note: defense is the responsibility of Australia; the territory has a five-person police force

Category: Transnational Issues - Disputes - international: none

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  1. Geography - Area (sq km): total: 14 sq km; land: 14 sq km; water: 0 sq km; note: includes the two main islands of West Island and Home Island

  2. Geography - Environment - current issues: fresh water resources are limited to rainwater accumulations in natural underground reservoirs

  3. Communications - Internet country code: .cc

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Source: CIA - The World Factbook