West Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands

West Island (Malay: Pulau Panjang, Cocos Malay: Pulu Panjang) is the capital of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. The population is roughly 120 and consists mainly of Europeans. It is the less populous of the two inhabited islands (the other is Home Island). It was part of the Clunies-Ross plantation and an airstrip was built here during World War II. As well as all the government buildings, it contains the airport, a general store and tourist accommodation. In November 2013 it was revealed that the Australian Signals Directorate operates a listening station on West Island.[1] Wullenweber and Adcock antenna systems as well as two satellite dish antennae are clearly visible via Google satellite view.

Cocos (Keeling) Islands Airport - RWY33
West Island, featuring Cocos (Keeling) Islands Airport


Cocos Islands District High School operates a primary and secondary campus on West Island. Most of the students of that campus originate from the Australian continent.[2]


  1. ^ Dorling, Philip (1 November 2013). "Listening post revealed on Cocos Islands". Canberra Times.
  2. ^ Home. Cocos Islands District High School. Retrieved on 8 April 2019.

External links

Coordinates: 12°11′13″S 96°49′42″E / 12.18694°S 96.82833°E

Cocos (Keeling) Islands Airport

Cocos (Keeling) Island Airport (IATA: CCK, ICAO: YPCC) is an airport serving the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, a territory of Australia located in the Indian Ocean. The airport is located on West Island, one of the South Keeling Islands and capital of the territory.


Dushanbe (Tajik: Душанбе, IPA: [duʃænˈbe]) is the capital and largest city of Tajikistan. Dushanbe means Monday in the Tajik language, the local language. It was named this way because it grew from a village that originally had a popular market on Mondays. As of 2016, Dushanbe had a population of 802,700.

Historically a small village, Dushanbe was made the capital of the Tajik Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic in 1924. Until 1929, the city was known in Russian as Dyushambe (Russian: Дюшамбе, Dyushambe), and from 1929 to 1961 as Stalinabad (Tajik: Сталинобод, Stalinobod) which was named after Joseph Stalin.


Dili (Portuguese/Tetum: Díli, Indonesian: Kota Dili), also known as “City of Peace”, is the capital, largest city, chief port, and commercial centre of East Timor (Timor-Leste). Dili is part of a free trade zone, the Timor Leste–Indonesia–Australia Growth Triangle (TIA-GT).

Episkopi Cantonment

Episkopi Cantonment (Greek: Επισκοπή, Turkish: Episkopi Cantonment) is the capital of Akrotiri and Dhekelia, a British Overseas Territory on the island of Cyprus, administered as a base. It is located in the middle of the Western Sovereign Base Area, one of the two areas which comprise the territory. Although it is not the largest of the British military bases on the island, it is home to both the civilian and military administration headquarters of the Sovereign Base Areas. Episkopi is the current command centre of British Forces Cyprus.

Flying Fish Cove

Flying Fish Cove (Chinese: 飛魚灣 (Fēiyú wān), Malay: Pantai Ikan Terbang) is the capital city and main settlement of Australia's Christmas Island. Although it was originally named after British survey-ship Flying-Fish, many maps simply label it “The Settlement”. It was the first British settlement on the island, established in 1888.

About a third of the territory's total population of 1,600 lives in Flying Fish Cove, which lies near the north-eastern tip of the island. There is a small harbour which serves tourists with yachts. It is possible to carry out recreational diving at the settlement's beach.

Geology of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands

The geology of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands may be a part of the Galapagos hot spot. The island is the mountain top of non-seismic, undersea Cocos Ridge. Although the ridge dates to the Miocene, potassium-argon dating and paleomagnetic research indicates that the above-water part of the island formed within the last two million years in the Quaternary. A shield volcano built up, followed by explosive eruptions and smaller subsequent eruptions. Alkali basalt and trachyte are the only forms of bedrock on the island and fractional crystallization of olivine and clinopyroxene played a key role in the formation of the rocks. Sediments on the island include sand and gravel from the Holocene and cemented conglomerate made of coral fragments.

Greater Kuala Lumpur


Greater Kuala Lumpur is the geographical term that determines the boundaries of Metropolitan Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Though similar to the term "Klang Valley", there remains a variation between the two.

It is similar to Greater London and Greater Toronto. It covers an area of 2,793.27 square km.

Kuwait City

Kuwait City (Arabic: مدينة الكويت‎) is the capital and largest city of Kuwait. Located at the heart of the country on the shore of the Persian Gulf, and containing Kuwait's National Assembly (parliament), most governmental offices, the headquarters of most Kuwaiti corporations and banks, it is the indisputable political, cultural and economical centre of the emirate. It is considered a global city.

Kuwait City's trade and transportation needs are served by Kuwait International Airport, Mina Al-Shuwaik (Shuwaik Port) and Mina Al Ahmadi (Ahmadi Port).

List of Australian immigration detention facilities

This is a list of current and former Australian immigration detention facilities. Immigration detention facilities are used to house people in immigration detention, and people detained under the Pacific Solution, and Operation Sovereign Borders.

Most facilities were operated by Australasian Correctional Management (a subsidiary of G4S) under contract from the Department of Immigration until 2003, when ACM exited the market. Between 2003 and 2009, G4S was appointed as the contractor to manage a large number of facilities. Its contract was not renewed and in 2009 Serco Australia was awarded a five-year contract. The offshore processing centres on Nauru and Manus are/were operated by Broadspectrum (formerly known as Transfield Services), with security sub-contracted to Wilson Security. The new centres in Lorengau have security by Paladin Group.

List of airports in territories of Australia

This is a list of airports in the territories of Australia, excluding the Northern Territory, for which there is a separate list.

List of national capitals

This is a list of national capitals, including capitals of territories and dependencies, non-sovereign states including associated states and entities whose sovereignty is disputed. Sovereign states and observer states within the United Nations are shown in bolded text.

List of national capitals in East, South, and Southeast Asia

This is a list of East, South, and Southeast Asian capitals.


Malé (, locally [ˈmɑːlɛ]; Dhivehi: މާލެ) is the capital and most populous city in the Republic of Maldives. With a population of 133,412 and an area of 9.27 square kilometres (3.58 sq mi), it is also one of the most densely populated cities in the world. The city is geographically located at the southern edge of North Malé Atoll (Kaafu Atoll). Administratively, the city consists of a central island, an airport island, and two other islands governed by the Malé City Council.

Traditionally it was the King's Island, from where the ancient royal dynasties ruled and where the palace was located. The city was then called Mahal. Formerly it was a walled city surrounded by fortifications and gates (doroshi). The Royal Palace (Gan'duvaru) was destroyed along with the picturesque forts (koshi) and bastions (buruzu) when the city was remodelled under President Ibrahim Nasir's rule in the aftermath of the abolition of the monarchy in 1968. However, the Malé Friday Mosque remains. In recent years, the island has been considerably expanded through land-filling operations. Over the years, Malé has been the center of political protests and milestone events.


Putrajaya, officially the Federal Territory of Putrajaya (Malay: Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya), is a planned city and the federal administrative centre of Malaysia. The seat of government was shifted in 1999 from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya because of overcrowding and congestion in the former. Kuala Lumpur remains Malaysia's national capital and is the seat of the King, the Parliament, and all the foreign embassies, and the country's commercial and financial centre. Putrajaya was the idea of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. It became Malaysia's third Federal Territory, after Kuala Lumpur and Labuan, in 2001.

Named after the first Malaysian Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, the territory is entirely enclaved within the Sepang District of the state of Selangor. Putrajaya is also a part of MSC Malaysia, a special economic zone that covers Klang Valley. In Sanskrit, "putra"(पुत्र) means "prince" or "male child", and "jaya"(जया) means "success" or "victory". The development of Putrajaya started in the early 1990s; today, major landmarks have been completed and the population is expected to grow in the near future.

Sports in Seoul

Seoul is a major center for sports in South Korea. Its professional sports teams compete in football (soccer), baseball, basketball, volleyball.

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (commonly known as Kotte ) is the official, administrative capital of Sri Lanka. Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte is a satellite city and within the urban area of Sri Lanka's de-facto economic and legislative capital, Colombo.

Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte Municipal Council area is bounded in

the North by Kolonnawa Urban Council area,

the North-East by the Kotikawatta–Mulleriyawa Pradeshiya Sabha area,

the East by the Kaduwela Municipal Council area,

the South-East by the Maharagama Urban Council area,

the South-West by the Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia Municipal Council and

the West by the Colombo Municipal Council area, which is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka.

Sé, Macau

Freguesia da Sé is a southeast freguesia of the Macau Peninsula. It is the second largest peninsular district in Macau after Freguesia de Nossa Senhora de Fátima. The freguesia area is named for Igreja da Sé.

Its western part is the historic financial centre of Macau. Praia Grande Central Business District (南灣中心商業區) is in south-central part of the district. All of the banks (over 20) in Macau have offices here.

Quality restaurants, 4-star and 5-star hotels are mostly located in this district. High-rise buildings are located on the eastern part, which was reclaimed from sea.

Area: 1.43 km2 (350 acres)

Population: 29,000 (least populated region on the peninsula)

Population density: 20,881 persons per km² (the least on the peninsula)


Vientiane (; French pronunciation: ​[vjɛ̃ˈtjan]; Lao: ວຽງຈັນ; Thai: เวียงจันทน์, Viang chan, IPA: [wíəŋ tɕàn]) is the capital and largest city of Laos, on the banks of the Mekong River near the border with Thailand. Vientiane became the capital in 1563 due to fears of a Burmese invasion but was later looted then razed to the ground in 1827 by the Siamese (Thai). Vientiane was the administrative capital during French rule and, due to economic growth in recent times, is now the economic center of Laos. The city had a population of 820,000 as at the 2015 Census.

Vientiane is noted as the home of the most significant national monument in Laos: That Luang, which is a known symbol of Laos and an icon of Buddhism in Laos. Other significant Buddhist temples in Laos can be found there as well, such as Haw Phra Kaew, which formerly housed the Emerald Buddha.

The city hosted the 25th Southeast Asian Games in December 2009, celebrating 50 years of the Southeast Asian Games.

West Island (disambiguation)

West Island may refer to:

AustraliaWest Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands

West Island (Lacepede Islands)

West Island (South Australia), an island south of the Fleurieu Peninsula

West Island Conservation Park, a protected area in South Australia

West Island Encounter Bay Aquatic Reserve, a protected area in South Australia

West Island, Torres Strait, QueenslandCanadaWest Island, unofficial name for part of MontrealIndiaWest Island (Andaman and Nicobar Islands) a protected wildlife island in the Bay of Bengal among Andaman and Nicobar IslandsNew ZealandWest Island, one of the Three Kings Islands, 55 kilometres (34 mi) northwest of Cape Reinga

West Island, a humorous nickname for Australia used in New ZealandUSAWest Island (California), an island on the San Joaquin River that is north of Antioch, California.

West Island, Massachusetts

Capitals of Asia

This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by authors (here).
Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; additional terms may apply.
Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.