Description flag of Cook Islands
blue with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and a large circle of 15 white five-pointed stars (one for every island) centered in the outer half of the flag
Cook Islander(s) (noun) 0 (adjective)
English (official), Maori
self-governing parliamentary democracy
12,271 ranked 226, (data 2008)
the northern Cook Islands are seven low-lying, sparsely populated, coral atolls; the southern Cook Islands, where most of the population lives, consist of eight elevated, fertile, volcanic isles, including the largest, Rarotonga, at 67 sq km. The lowest point is Pacific Ocean 0 m.
none (became self-governing in free association with New Zealand on 4 August 1965 and has the right at any time to move to full independence by unilateral action)