Country: CHRISTMAS ISLANDchristmas island Capital:   Flying Fish Cove ("The Settlement') 

Geographic Coordinates: 10 30 S, 105 40 E  

Population: 1,402 (July 2010 est.)

Main Religion: Buddhism, Islam

Language: English

Head of State: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952), represented by the Australian governor general Administrator Brian LACY

Main Industries: tourism, phosphate extraction (near depletion)  

GDP in US Dollars (per capita): NA

Currency Code: Australian dollar (AUD)

Life Expectancy: NA

Environment - current issues: Loss of rainforest; Impact of phosphate mining

Issues facing Women and Children: No data

Land Mine Ban Signatory: NA

Local Media: TV broadcasts received via satellite from mainland Australia -- (ABC, SBS, GWN and WIN) 

Interesting Fact:  Christmas Island lies 1,300 miles south of Hawaii and was chosen as the base for Operation Grapple - the race to build Britain's first H-bomb.  Christmas Island is a non-self governing territory of Australia; administered from Canberra by the Australian Attorney-General's Department. Two-thirds of the island has been declared a National Park which is managed by the Australian Department of Environment and Heritage through Parks Australia.

Famous for: Flying Fish Cove,  diving, whalesharks, Christmas Island National Park,  Brown Booby (sea bird), Operation Grapple 


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