Time zone: GMT/UTC plus 7 hours
Current time: 08:05
Population: 2,200
Political status: non-self governing territory of Australia; administered from Canberra by the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport
Climate: tropical with a wet season (December to April) and dry season; heat and humidity moderated by trade winds
Terrain: steep cliffs along coast rise abruptly to central plateau

Christmas Island is an external territory of Australia, located in the Indian Ocean. It is notable for its biodiversity. It has an ethnically mixed population, comprising mostly of Malaysian Chinese. The climate is tropical and pleasant for much of the year although it can occasionally suffer from heavy downpours.

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