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Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

English Cocos (Keeling) Islands - Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Cocos (Keeling) Islands is an external territory of Australia. There are two atolls and twenty-seven coral islands in the group. The islands are located in the Indian Ocean at 12°07′S 96°54′E, south of ► Indonesia and about one-half of the way from ► Australia to ► Sri Lanka.

Cocos Malay Kepulauan Cocos (Keeling)

Short name Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Official name Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Status External territory of Australia
Location Indian Ocean
Capital West Island
Population 544 inhabitants
Area 14 km²
Major language(s) English (official) and Cocos Malay
Major religion(s) Islam
More information Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Geography of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, History of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Politics of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands
More images Cocos (Keeling) Islands - Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Category).

General maps

Map of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Map of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands


In 1826 a British settlement is founded at Cocos Island, since 1831 the islands are controlled by the family of Clunies-Ross. The Cocos Islands are considered a Dutch possession, but in 1857 Britain formally annexes the islands. The islands become part of Ceylon in 1878, the Straits Settlements in 1886, Ceylon in 1942, Singapore in 1946 and Australia in 1955. All that time the islands are ruled by the Clunies-Ross familie. After heavy protest in the decolonization committee of the United Nations, John Cecil Clunies-Ross relinquishes his authority in 1978 and Cocos Islands are from that moment on ruled as part of Australia.

Historical map

Map of the South Keeling Islands from the Scottish Geographical Magazine, 1889

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