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Central bank

N/A

International Reserves

N/A

Source
Real GDP growth
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2009 2010 2011 2012*        
N/A N/A N/A N/A        

*Estimate

GDP (PPP) - share of world total
1980 1990 2000 2010 2015**
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

**Forecast

 
 
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GDP - composition by sector

(Data released on February 2012)

  • agriculture: 11.7% 
  • industry: 9.9% 
  • services: 78.5% (2008 estimate)
Gross domestic expenditure on R&D; (% of GDP)

N/A

(Data released on March 2012)

Inflation
2009 2010 2011 2012*
N/A(2008) N/A N/A N/A

*Estimate

Unemployment rate
2009 2010 2011 2012*
N/A N/A N/A(2009) N/A

*Estimate

Household saving rates

N/A

(Data released on December 2011)

Public debt (General government gross debt as a % of GDP)
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012*
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

*Estimate

Public deficit (General government net lending/borrowing as a % of GDP)
2008 2009 2010 2011* 2012**
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

*Estimate    **Forecast

Government bond ratings

Standard & Poor's: B+

Moody's rating: N/A

Moody's outlook: N/A

(Foreign Currency Government Bond Ratings; Data last updated Dec 2011 and Nov 2012)

Market value of publicly traded shares
2009 2010 2011
N/A N/A N/A
Largest companies in The Cook Islands

N/A

 
 
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Current account balance

N/A(After 2008)

Current account balance by percentage of GDP

N/A(2009)

Exports as percent of GDP(Exports of goods and services)

N/A

(Data released on April 2012)

Shares in world total merchandising export

N/A(2007)

(Data were released in 2012 and refer to 2011)

Shares in world total commercial services export

N/A(2007)

(Data were released in 2012)

Total exports

US$5.222 million (2005 estimate) 

Export commodities

copra, papayas, fresh and canned citrus fruit, coffee; fish; pearls and pearl shells; clothing

Total imports

US$83.49 million (2011 estimate) 

 
 
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Import commodities

foodstuffs, textiles, fuels, timber, capital goods

Exports - major partners

N/A

Imports - major partners

N/A

FDI inflows
2009 2010 2011
US$1 million US$1 million(2009) US$1 million(2009)
Value of cross-border M&A;, by country of purchaser
2008 2009 2010 2011
N/A US$50 million(2009) N/A(2009) N/A
Cross-border M&A; deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2010(Acquiring company, Acquired company, Country of the acquired company, Value of the deal)

N/A

(for a monthly update on M&A; click here )

Cross-border M&A; deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2011(Acquiring company, Acquired company, Country of the acquired company, Value of the deal)

N/A(2008 estimate)

(for a monthly update on M&A; click here )

Best countries for doing business World Bank/IFC Doing Business Project (Economies are ranked on their ease of doing business, from 1 - 185. A high ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm.)

Overall ranking: N/A(2009) (2013)

Subcategories:

Starting a business: N/A(2009)

Enforcing Contracts: N/A

Registering Property: N/A

Getting credit: N/A

Protecting investors: N/A

Trading across border: N/A

Paying Taxes: N/A

Dealing with Construction Permits: N/A

Getting Electricity: N/A

Resolving Insolvency: N/A

(2013)

Global competitiveness ranking(ranking by country on a basis of 144, the first is the best)

N/A

(2012)

 

 

Index of Economic FreedomWSJ and Heritage Foundation

N/A (2009)

(100=totally free 0=totally repressed )

 
 
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Total area

236 km2 (2006)

Capital

Avarua (2009)

Currency

NZ dollars (NZD) (2009)

Government type

self-governing parliamentary democracy (2009)

Languages

English (official), Maori

Religions

Cook Islands Christian Church 55.9%, Roman Catholic 16.8%, Seventh-Day Adventists 7.9%, Church of Latter Day Saints 3.8%, other Protestant 5.8%, other 4.2%, unspecified 2.6%, none 3% (2001 census)

Total population
1980 1990 2000 2012* 2017**
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

*Estimate    **Forecast

 
 
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Urban population as % of total population
1960 1980 2000 2011
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Population median age

N/A

Population growth rate

N/A

% of population living on less than $2 a day

N/A

Inequality of wealth distribution (Gini index)

N/A

(Data were released in 2011, 0=perfect equality, 100=absolute inequality)

Freedom House rating

N/A

(1 represents the most free, 7 the least free)

Source
Total telephone subscribers as % of population

36.47% (2011)

(sum of fixed telephone lines and mobile cellular subscribers)

Internet users as % of total population

44% (Data were released in 2012 and refer to 2011)

Cost of living - Mercer index(ranking by city on a basis of 214; the 1st is the most expensive and the 214th is the least expensive)

N/A

Source
CO2 emissions(Metric tons of CO2 per capita)

3.4729 (Data were released in 2012 and refer to 2009)