Saturday, 28 May 2016

COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS

The Territory of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, also called Cocos Islands  and Keeling Islands, is a territory of Australia, located in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Christmas Island and approximately midway between Australia and Sri Lanka.
The territory consists of two atolls and 27 coral islands, of which two, West Island and Home Island, are inhabited with a total population of approximately 600.
The Cocos (Keeling) Islands consist of two flat, low-lying coral atolls with an area of 14.2 square kilometres (5.5 sq mi), 26 kilometres (16 mi) of coastline, a highest elevation of 5 metres (16 ft) and thickly covered with coconut palms and other vegetation. 
North Keeling Island is an atoll consisting of just one C-shaped island, a nearly closed atoll ring with a small opening into the lagoon, about 50 metres (160 ft) wide, on the east side. The island measures 1.1 square kilometres (270 acres) in land area and is uninhabited. 
South Keeling Islands is an atoll consisting of 24 individual islets forming an incomplete atoll ring, with a total land area of 13.1 square kilometres (5.1 sq mi). Only Home Island and West Island are populated. 


Two beautiful airmail envelopes from Cocos (Keeling) Islands. The covers sent on 15 May 2015 and they mistakenly sent all together to my Norwegian friend Rune Berg. He kept the covers safely and later sent back along with Norwegian envelopes safely. The second cover shows the stamps of CKI with own stamps, and the first cover shows the stamps with 'Australia' name. Previously Cocos (Keeling) islands and Christmas Islands had own postal service and issued own stamps, in 1999 these postal services merged into Australian Post, so the own stamps were stopped production. The old stamps still valid if they are posted directly from the island like showed above. Thank You Dwinita for the beautiful stamps.

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