The Cook Islands is a nation in the South Pacific, with political links to New Zealand. Its 15 islands are scattered over a vast area. The largest island, Rarotonga, is home to rugged mountains and Avarua, the national capital. To the north, Aitutaki Island has a vast lagoon encircled by coral reefs and small, sandy islets. The country is renowned for its many snorkeling and scuba-diving sites.
2016 Population: 17,459
Women Population: 8,862
Number of persons employed in 2011: 6,938
Number of Women employed in 2011: 3,230
2011 Average Gross Annual Income: $15,028
2011 Gross Average Income for Women: $13,243
Source: Government of Cook Islands, Ministry of Finance & Economic Management