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Cook Islands
Capital:
Avarua
Population:
21,200 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
Named after Captain Cook, who sighted them in 1770, the islands became a British protectorate in 1888. By 1900, administrative control was transferred to New Zealand; in 1965 residents chose self-government in free association with New Zealand. The emigration of skilled workers to New Zealand and government deficits are continuing problems.
Government type:
self-governing parliamentary democracy
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $105 million (2001 est.)
Internet users:
3,600 (2002)
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