By Vexen Crabtree 2013
|Status||An external territory of Australia|
|Capital||The Settlement (Flying Fish Cove)|
|ISO3166-1 Codes||CX, CXR, 1621|
“Named in 1643 for the day of its discovery, the island was annexed and settlement began by the UK in 1888 with the discovery of the island's phosphate deposits. Following the Second World War, Christmas Island came under the jurisdiction of the new British Colony of Singapore. The island existed as a separate Crown colony from 1 January 1958 to 1 October 1958 when its transfer to Australian jurisdiction was finalized. That date is still celebrated on the first Monday in October as Territory Day. Almost two-thirds of the island has been declared a national park.”
CIA's The World Factbook (2013)5
As a territory of Australia I do not have many specific statistics for this territory in its own right.
The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Buddhist 36%, Muslim 25%, Christian 18%, other 21% (1997)6.
Current edition: 2013 May 01
Parent page: Compare International Statistics by Region and Continent
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