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What is the official language of Christmas Island?

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I’m bringing sexy back. No, wait, Justin Timberlake already did that. Instead, I’m bringing Travel Trivia Thursday back! Other bloggers are really good at sticking to a strict schedule of Monday This or That, Tuesday Blah Blah, Freaky Friday and whatnot. It has been a long time since I did Travel Trivia Thursday post (over a year and half, actually). I am not so good at posting specific types of stories every week on a specific day because one of the nice things about being a blogger is being able to blow off stuff I don’t feel like doing and NOT keeping to a regular schedule on anything. If I feel like writing about a particular topic on a given day, I can! But readers seem to like trivia (according to the high number of readers who find this site via my silly Travel Trivia questions) and I am supposed to schedule regular posts to lure you back week after week according to the blogger bible (I made that up; there is no blogger bible that I know of, but I have heard this rule at blog conferences) and I want to make you happy. Plus, I like me some trivia, especially of the travel variety.

Christmas Island red crab

Red Crabs like this one can be found only on Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, and in the Indian Ocean. It is estimated that over 40 million Red Crabs live on Christmas Island alone.

Let’s kick this thing off with a quasi-holiday-ish question….What is the official language of Christmas Island?

a) English

b) Chinese

c) Malay

d) All of the above

e) None of the above – No humans live on Christmas Island


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Answer: a) English

English is the official language of Christmas Island. Chinese and Malay are also spoken among the Southeastern Asian island’s approximately 1,400 residents. Learn more about this small Australian Territory island.

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Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show,, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

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