Fifteen islands make up the Cook Islands, scattered over an area close to the size of Western Europe. The islands are divided geographically into the Northern Group and the Southern Group.


The Cook Islands is a self-governing parliamentary democracy in free association with New Zealand, located in the South Pacific Ocean between French Polynesia and and Tonga.

It is an archipelago with 15 islands spread over 2.2 million km2 of ocean. The Northern Group is made up with Penrhyn, Rakahanga, Pukapuka, Manihiki, Nassau and Suwarrow. The Southern Group has Palmerson, Aitutaki, Manuae, Mitiaro, Takutea, Atiu, Mauke, Mangaia and Rarotonga. Ninety percent of the land and the population are within the Southern Group.