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Cook Islands
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Coat of arms of the Cook Islands
Flag Coat of arms
Anthem: Te Atua Mou E
God is Truth
Status Area of the Realm of New Zealand
and Associated State
and largest city

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Demonym Cook Islander
Government Constitutional monarchy
 -  Monarch Elizabeth II
 -  Queen's Representative Tom Marsters
 -  Prime Minister Henry Puna
Legislature Parliament
Associated state
 -  Self-government in free association with New Zealand 4 August 1965 
 -  UN recognition of independence in foreign relations 1992<ref>UN THE WORLD TODAY (PDF) and Repertory of Practice of United Nations Organs Supplement No. 8; page 10</ref> 
 -  Total 240 km2 (210th)
91 sq mi
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 -  Density 42/km2 (124th)
111/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2005 estimate
 -  Total $183.2 million (not ranked)
 -  Per capita $9,100 (not ranked)
Currency New Zealand dollar (NZD)
Cook Islands dollar
Time zone CKT (UTC-10)
Drives on the left
Calling code 682
ISO 3166 code CK
Internet TLD .ck

The Cook Islands ({{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}; Cook Islands Māori: Kūki 'Āirani<ref>Cook Islands Maori dictionary by Jasper Buse & Raututi Taringa, Cook Islands Ministry of Education (1995) page 200</ref>) is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean in free association with New Zealand. It comprises 15 islands whose total land area is {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}}. The Cook Islands' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), however, covers {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} of ocean.<ref>A View from the Cook Islands. SOPAC</ref>

The Cook Islands' defence and foreign affairs are the responsibility of New Zealand, which is exercised in consultation with the Cook Islands. In recent times, the Cook Islands have adopted an increasingly independent foreign policy. Although Cook Islanders are citizens of New Zealand, they have the status of Cook Islands nationals, which is not given to other New Zealand citizens.

The Cook Islands' main population centres are on the island of Rarotonga (10,572 in 2011<ref name=2011census />), where there is an international airport. There is a larger population of Cook Islanders in New Zealand, particularly the North Island. In the 2006 census, 58,008 self-identified as being of ethnic Cook Islands Māori descent.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

With about 100,000 visitors travelling to the islands in the 2010–11 financial year,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> tourism is the country's main industry, and the leading element of the economy, ahead of offshore banking, pearls, and marine and fruit exports.

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