August 12, 2022
The Cook Islands are a democratic parliamentary self-government in free association with New Zealand. These fifteen islands in the southern Pacific Ocean have an area of 220 km². The capital city is Avarua which is located on Rarotonga, the largest island. Tourism drives the island's economy as the number one industry, far ahead of banking, pearls, marine and fruit exports. The island's popular type of art is tivaivai, similar to quilts. The Cook Islands are also named after Captain James Cook of England.