Cook Islands

Cook Islands

COOK ISLANDS

A. THE COUNTRY

The Cook Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean, comprises the Cook
Islands, Niue, Tokelau and Pitcairn and are all officially, or
unofficially in the case of the last, related to New Zealand.
None are independent – the self-governing parliamentary democracy is
in free association with New Zealand.  The economy is based on tourism,
selling fishing rights, agriculture and offshore banking.

B. THE PEOPLE

A large part of the population has moved to New Zealand or Australia.
The population is ~20,000 and official languages English and Cook Island
Maori.  
~89.2% are Polynesian, ~5.7% Euronesian, ~4.5% European, ~0.6% Other.

B. RELIGIONS AND CHRISTIANITY/PENTECOSTALISM

~96.2% claim to be Christian, ~3% Non-religious, ~0.8% Baha’i.
In the Christian category:
~55.41% are Protestant, ~16.5% Catholic, ~8.6% Unaffiliated, ~2.06%
Independent, ~0.5% Anglican.
Evangelicals represent ~12.6% of the population.
Charismatics represent ~6.8% and of those ~4% are Pentecostals.
‘Marginal’ groups originating in Western society represent ~13.04% of
the population.

Donna Siemens

 

References:

Operation World, Jason Mandryk. Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing, 2010.

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