Cook Islands

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Cook Islands
geographic coordinates:21 12 S, 159 46 W
time difference: UTC - 10
daylight saving time:NO

Named after Captain COOK, who sighted them in 1770, the islands became a British protectorate in 1888. By 1900, administrative control was transferred to New Zealand; in 1965, residents chose self-government in free association with New Zealand. The emigration of skilled workers to New Zealand and government deficits are continuing problems.