The Cook Islands are a self-governing parliamentary democracy in free association with New Zealand. The islands are in the southern Pacific Ocean, about halfway between French Polynesia and New Zealand. The population of the islands is approximately 21,000. The official languages are English and Cook Islands Maori. Comoros is an archipelago of three major islands and numerous smaller islands located in the Mozambique Channel between northeastern Mozambique and northwestern Madagascar. The population of Comoros is approximately 795,000. The official languages are Comorian, French, and Arabic.