Cocos (Keeling) Islands

czwartek, 9 kwietnia 2015

Cocos (Keeling) Islands are a territory of Australia, located in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Christmas Island and approximately midway between Australia and Sri Lanka. The territory consists of two atolls and 27 coral islands, of which two, West Island and Home Island, are inhabited with a total population of approximately 600.

Did you know that:
1. The Cook Islands are the world’s second largest producer of black pearls.
2. The Cook Islands are known for their wood carving, and many young people who live here are taught by older generations of wood carvers how to perfect their skill.
3. Several movies have been filmed on Rarotonga, including The Other Side of Heaven and Johnny Lingo and Another Shore.
4. “Tivaevae”, which is the art of handmade island scenery patchwork quilts, is greatly valued and appreciated by native islanders.
5. English is the most widely spoken language here, but many islanders also speak in Cook Islands Maori. About 90% of islanders can read and write in both languages.

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