The Cocos Islands, also known as the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, are a territory of Australia located in the Indian Ocean, about 2,750 kilometers (1,700 mi) northwest of Perth and 2750 km southwest of Christmas island. The official language is English and the currency is the Australian dollar. The population is approximately 600 people. The Cocos Islands are a territory of Australia, it's governed by an Administrator appointed by the Australian Government and a Shire Council.
The Cocos Islands were originally settled by Malay workers brought to the islands by an Australian Clunie-Ross, the islands were later annexed by Australia in 1978. The economy of the Cocos Islands is based on tourism and fishing, and the island is also a popular destination for diving and snorkeling.
The Cocos Islands have a small and stable population, with a mix of Malay, Chinese, and European heritage. The island has a limited infrastructure and services, but it has a high standard of living and a relatively low crime rate. The island has a number of facilities such as an airport, a hospital, and a school.
The Cocos Islands are known for their beautiful beaches, turquoise waters, and unique wildlife, such as the green turtle. The Cocos Islands are also known for their rich history, which includes the famous story of the Clunies-Ross family and the Malay workers who were brought to the island to work on the coconut plantations.
The Cocos Islands are also home to a number of important ecological systems, including coral reefs and mangrove forests, which are important for the survival of a wide range of plants and animals. The Australian government is working to protect these habitats and their species through conservation policies and management plans.
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