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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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People And Society

Nationality
Noun Christmas Islander(s)
Adjective Christmas Island

Ethnic groups
Chinese 70%, European 20%, Malay 10%
Note
No indigenous population (2001)

Languages
English (official), Chinese, Malay

Religions
Buddhist 36%, Muslim 25%, Christian 18%, other 21% (1997)

Population World Ranking: 233
1,496 (July 2010 est.)

Age structure
0-14 years NA
15-64 years NA
65 years and over NA

Population growth rate World Ranking: 103
1.136% (2010 est.)

Birth rate World Ranking: 222
-9 births/1,000 population

Death rate World Ranking: 224
-9 deaths/1,000 population

Net migration rate
NA

Sex ratio
NA (2009 est.)

Infant mortality rate
Total NA
Male NA
Female NA

Life expectancy at birth
Total population NA
Male NA
Female NA

Total fertility rate
NA

Hiv/aids - adult prevalence rate
NA

Hiv/aids - people living with hiv/aids
NA

Hiv/aids - deaths
NA

Literacy
NA


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