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The Cook Islands are a group of islands in the southern Pacific. They form an independent state, but have strong ties with New Zealand. The 15 small islands have a total land surface of 240 square kilometers. About 18.000 people live on the islands, most of them from tourism. The largest island, Rarotonga, also holds the territory's capital, Avarua.
- "Regions and territories: Cook Islands". 8 December 2010. BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/country_profiles/3697804.stm. Retrieved 12 March 2011.