Christmas Island became an Australian territory on 1 October 1958 – a day still celebrated on the island as Territory Day.
Captain William Mynors of the Royal Mary, an English East India Company vessel, named the island when he sailed past it on Christmas Day, in 1643.
Nicknamed the "Galapagos of the Indian Ocean", the island is famous for its red crabs, sea birds, whale sharks and spectacular coral reefs. Closer to Asia than mainland Australia, it's home to a captivating mix of cultures and some of the world's most spectacular natural wonders.
Kiritimati (also known as Christmas Island) is a Pacific Ocean atoll in the northern Line Islands. It is part of the Republic of Kiribati. The name is derived from the English word "Christmas" written in Gilbertese according to its phonology, in which the combination ti is pronounced s, giving [kiˈrɪsmæs].
The Christmas Island flag is a member of the Australian territory flags. It has a slanted design with green in the top right half and blue in the bottom left half. These colors were chosen to represent the abundant plant life on the island that is surrounded by the blue sea.
Christmas Island is an island state 360 km south of the island of Java in the Indian Ocean. The dwarf state has a total area of only 135 km² (52 mi²) and a total coastline of 139 km (86.4 mi). This land area is about 1.1 times the size of San Francisco.
Christmas Island is located in the Indian Ocean, 1500 km west of the Australian mainland and 2600 km from Perth. Although it is an Australian territory, Christmas Island's nearest neighbour is Indonesia, which lies about 350 km to the north. The island is around 500 km from Jakarta.
135 km²Christmas Island / Area
Located 2300 kilometres northwest of Perth, Western Australia, Christmas Island is at latitude 10°25'S and longitude 105°43'E. Christmas Island covers 135 square kilometres, of which approximately 60 per cent has been declared as National Parks.
Christmas Island has a rich mix of cultures. A population of some 2000 people includes many Chinese and Malay Australians as well as people from mainland Australia.
Christmas Island is located in the Indian Ocean, 1500 km west of the Australian mainland and 2600 km from Perth. Although it is an Australian territory, Christmas Island's nearest neighbour is Indonesia, which lies about 350 km to the north.
national flag consisting of a blue field with a yellow silhouette map of Kosovo in its centre and an arc of six white stars above the map. The flag has a width-to-length ratio of 2 to 3. Before Kosovo declared independence on Feb. 17, 2008, it had never had the political status that allowed it a flag of its own.
Island city, another name for South Mumbai; originally Mumbai was a city of seven islands.
Santa Haraboji, also known as Grandfather Santa, resembles the Western Santa Claus, but he wears a traditional Korean hat (gat) and a blue suit rather than a red one.
Japan is the largest island country in East Asia. The country consists of four main islands, Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu – and 6,848 smaller islands and islets. Archipelago east of Vietnam, between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea.
Today Christmas Island has around 2000 residents. The most common ancestries reported by residents are: Chinese (the largest ethnic group) Australian.
Two islands have, at one time or another, carried the name Christmas Island. The Christmas Island in the Pacific Ocean is today better known as Kiritimati, and is part of the nation of Kiribati.
Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean, just south of Java, is an Australian territory. This tiny dog-shaped island was named on Christmas Day, 1643 by an English sea captain. Today it's a lush, off-the-beaten-path tourist destination famed for its caves and coral reefs.
The European flag
The European flag symbolises both the European Union and, more broadly, the identity and unity of Europe. It features a circle of 12 gold stars on a blue background. They stand for the ideals of unity, solidarity and harmony among the peoples of Europe.
the Flag of Rhode Island
The circle of 13 stars, which defines the Betsy Ross design, is found on two state flags: the Flag of Rhode Island and the Flag of Indiana.
While island countries by definition are sovereign states, there are also several islands and archipelagos around the world that operate semi-autonomously from their official sovereign states. These are often known as dependencies or overseas territories and can be similar in nature to proper island countries.
Mumbai is referred to as the “City of Seven Islands” because it was built on what was once an archipelago that included Isle of Bombay, Parel, Mazagaon, Mahim, Colaba, Worli, and Old Woman's Island.
In Japan Santa is known as サンタさん、サンタクロース / Santa-san (Mr Santa) or サンタクロース / Santa-Kurosu (Santa Claus). (Another Japanese gift bringer is Hoteiosho, a Japanese god of good fortune from Buddhism.
Santa is known as 'Sheng dan Lao ren' in Mandarin, which translates as 'Christmas Old Man', and he is seen as a non-religious figure who lives in a fairytale Arctic Christmas Village in China's North Pole.
The Philippines, which proudly reported 7,107 islands in every (outdated) travel guide, is also constantly increasing the number.
By far the largest country in terms of area is Russia, with more than 17 million km², of which 13 million km² (77%) are in Asia. The second-largest Asian country is China, with an area of 9.6 million km². The smallest independent state in Asia is the island nation of Maldives with 298 km².