The Cook Islands consist of two chains of atolls and islands. They are located on the Pacific Ocean, in Polynesia. The Cook Islands are a self-governing parliamentary democracy in free association with New Zealand. The Parliament, containing 24 members, is elected in general election. The inhabitants of the islands, apart from growing citrus trees and coconut palms, are employed in pearl fishing as well as in fishery. Tourism is very important for the economy as well.