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Cook Islands


    • Affiliation:
      (free association with New Zealand)

    • Location:
      Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand

    • Map references:
      Oceania

    • Area:

        total area:
        240 sq km

        land area:
        240 sq km

        comparative area:
        slightly less than 1.3 times the size of Washington, DC

    • Land boundaries:
      0 km

    • Coastline:
      120 km

    • Maritime claims:

        continental shelf:
        200 nm or to the edge of the continental margin

        exclusive economic zone:
        200 nm

        territorial sea:
        12 nm

    • International disputes:
      none

    • Climate:
      tropical; moderated by trade winds

    • Terrain:
      low coral atolls in north; volcanic, hilly islands in south

    • Natural resources:
      negligible

    • Land use:

        arable land:
        4%

        permanent crops:
        22%

        meadows and pastures:
        0%

        forest and woodland:
        0%

        other:
        74%

    • Irrigated land:
      NA sq km

    • Environment:

        current issues:
        NA

        natural hazards:
        typhoons (November to March)

        international agreements:
        party to - Biodiversity, Climate Change; signed, but not ratified - Law of the Sea






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