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Named in 1643 for the day of its discovery, the island was annexed and settlement began by the UK in 1888. Phosphate mining began in the 1890s. The UK transferred sovereignty to Australia in 1958. Almost two-thirds of the island has been declared a national park.


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Communications

Telephones - main lines in use
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Telephone system
General assessment
Service provided by the Australian network
Domestic
GSM mobile-cellular telephone service replaced older analog system in February 2005
International
Country code - 61-8; satellite earth station - 1 (Intelsat provides telephone and telex service) (2005)

Broadcast media
1 community radio station; broadcasts of several Australian radio and TV stations are received via satellite (2009)

Internet country code
.cx

Internet hosts World Ranking: 152
3,265 (2010)

Internet users World Ranking: 216
464 (2001)


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