As the map of Cook Islands show, the islandas lies to the north-east of New Zealand, between French Polynesia and American Samoa. These fifteen islands are divided into two groups: the Southern Cook Islands and the Northern Cook Islands.
The Cook Islands are self-governing in "free association" with New Zealand. It has a parliamentary system and is a representative democracy. The government of the country is divided into three branches: executive, legislative, and judiciary. Frederick Tutu Goodwin is the Queen's Representative to the Cook Islands. The current Prime Minister of the Cook Islands is Henry Puna.
Agriculture is the main source of income of the Cook Islands. Tourism, fruit processing, fishing, clothing, and handicrafts are the major industries in the country. Major trade flow are with Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Fiji.