NORFOLK ISLAND, AN AUSTRALIAN territory, is located in the south PACIFIC OCEAN, 1,041 mi (1,676 km) northeast of Sydney, AUSTRALIA.
With a total land area of 13 square mi (35 square km), the island is slightly larger than the District of Columbia; it is approximately 5 mi (8 km) in length and 3 mi (5 km) in width.
The highest point on the island is Mount Bates at 1,047 ft (319 m) and the lowest is the Pacific Ocean beach at 0 m.
Norfolk Island's terrain is rough with volcanic formations and some plains.
The climate is subtropical with little seasonal change.
The capital is Kingston; the other major towns are Cascade and Burnt Pine.
Norfolk Island is an external territory of Australia and includes the small islands of Nepean and Philip Island to its south.
The population of Norfolk Island is estimated to be 1,853 (2003), with almost 64 percent of the people between the ages of 15 and 64.
The primary economic activity is tourism, which has increased in recent years to such a point that the small island population enjoys a high level of prosperity.
While most finished products must be imported, Norfolk Island has achieved a level of self-sufficiency in some foodstuffs, notably poultry, beef and eggs.
Other agricultural products include Norfolk Island pine seed, Kentia palm seed, cereals, vegetables, and fruits.
Principal export revenue is acquired through the sale of postage stamps to collectors, and the Norfolk Island and Kentia seeds.
Norfolk Island has one airport, no railroads, and a limited network of paved roads; communications with Australia have improved during the last decade as a result of satellite networks.
Captain James Cook is credited with being the European who discovered Norfolk Island in 1774.
Named after the Duke of Norfolk, this island became a possession of the Australian colony of New South Wales in 1788.
During the late 18th and early years of the 19th century, Norfolk Island served as a penal colony.
In the 1850s the descendants of the HMS Bounty mutiny were forced to relocate from PITCAIRN ISLAND to Norfolk Island.
In 1914, Norfolk Island became a territory of Australia.
The current constitution of Norfolk Island was adopted in 1979 and is based on Australian, Norfolk, and British law.
- Croatia launches a three-minute flight
"Split has become a city with one the shortest flights in the world. A three minute flights links the city air phase with the city centre.
The airline company that has launched the flight is developing the flights between the islands and the mainland of the country. Today the airplane flies to Lastovo, Rab, Korcula, Hvar and Lošinj Islands.
The price for a three minute flight is 149 kuna. The shortest flight is considered to be the one between the Scottish islands, Papa Westray and Westray, which lasts only 2 minutes. "
- A tourist has robbed a Thai bank to buy a ticket home
"The Australian tourist had a great time in Thailand, as we can see. He has been staying in the South-East Asian country this man realized that he had spent all his money and now cannot get home.
In order to buy an air ticket he didn’t have a better idea, but to go and rob a bank. The Australian broke into one of the departments in the center of Bangkok city wearing a mask and with a gun in his hands, which then turned out to be a toy gun.
23-year old tourist got 170,000 baht from the tellers, but didn’t manage to hide: he was quickly arrested by the police. Being questioned the criminal explained that he took the extreme measure because he couldn’t fly back home.
Thai police was not affected by his story; and by the local law the thief faces up to 10 years jail. "