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Europa Island
(possession of France)

 
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Coordinates:
22.33 S  40.37 E

 
 
Introduction  Geography  People  Government  Economy
 
Communications  Transportation  Military  Transnational Issues

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   Introduction    Europa Island Top of Page
Background:
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A French possession since 1897, the island is heavily wooded; it is the site of a small military garrison that staffs a weather station.
   Geography    Europa Island Top of Page
Location:
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Southern Africa, island in the Mozambique Channel, about half way between southern Madagascar and southern Mozambique
Geographic coordinates:
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22 20 S, 40 22 E
Map references:
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Africa
Area:
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total: 28 sq km
land: 28 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Area - comparative:
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about 0.16 times the size of Washington, DC
Land boundaries:
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0 km
Coastline:
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22.2 km
Maritime claims:
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territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Climate:
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tropical
Terrain:
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low and flat
Elevation extremes:
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lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
highest point: unnamed location 24 m
Natural resources:
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NEGL
Land use:
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arable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 100% (mangrove forests and woodlands) (2005)
Irrigated land:
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0 sq km
Natural hazards:
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NA
Environment - current issues:
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NA
Geography - note:
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wildlife sanctuary
   People    Europa Island Top of Page
Population:
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no indigenous inhabitants
note: there is a small French military garrison and a few meteorologists; visited by scientists (July 2006 est.)
   Government    Europa Island Top of Page
Country name:
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conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Europa Island
local long form: none
local short form: Ile Europa
Dependency status:
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possession of France; administered by the Administrateur Superieur of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands
Legal system:
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the laws of France, where applicable, apply
Flag description:
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the flag of France is used
   Economy    Europa Island Top of Page
Economy - overview:
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no economic activity
   Communications    Europa Island Top of Page
Communications - note:
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1 meteorological station
   Transportation    Europa Island Top of Page
Airports:
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1 (2005)
Airports - with unpaved runways:
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total: 1
914 to 1,523 m: 1 (2005)
Ports and terminals:
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none; offshore anchorage only
   Military    Europa Island Top of Page
Military - note:
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defense is the responsibility of France
   Transnational Issues    Europa Island Top of Page
Disputes - international:
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claimed by Madagascar

This page was last updated on 20 July, 2006


Source: CIA Factbook