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Glorioso Islands
(possession of France)

 
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Coordinates:
11.50 S  47.33 E

 
 
Introduction  Geography  People  Government  Economy
 
Communications  Transportation  Military  Transnational Issues

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   Introduction    Glorioso Islands Top of Page
Background:
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A French possession since 1892, the Glorioso Islands are composed of two lushly vegetated coral islands (Ile Glorieuse and Ile du Lys) and three rock islets. A military garrison operates a weather and radio station on Ile Glorieuse.
   Geography    Glorioso Islands Top of Page
Location:
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Southern Africa, group of islands in the Indian Ocean, northwest of Madagascar
Geographic coordinates:
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11 30 S, 47 20 E
Map references:
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Africa
Area:
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total: 5 sq km
land: 5 sq km
water: 0 sq km
note: includes Ile Glorieuse, Ile du Lys, Verte Rocks, Wreck Rock, and South Rock
Area - comparative:
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about eight times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC
Land boundaries:
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0 km
Coastline:
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35.2 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 12 m
Natural resources:
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guano, coconuts
Land use:
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arable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 100% (all lush vegetation and coconut palms) (2005)
Irrigated land:
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0 sq km
Natural hazards:
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periodic cyclones
Environment - current issues:
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NA
Geography - note:
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the islands and rocks are surrounded by an extensive reef system
   People    Glorioso Islands Top of Page
Population:
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no indigenous inhabitants
note: there is a small French military garrison along with a few meteorologists; visited by scientists (July 2006 est.)
   Government    Glorioso Islands Top of Page
Country name:
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conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Glorioso Islands
local long form: none
local short form: Iles Glorieuses
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    Glorioso Islands Top of Page
Economy - overview:
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no economic activity
   Communications    Glorioso Islands Top of Page
Communications - note:
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1 meteorological station
   Transportation    Glorioso Islands 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    Glorioso Islands Top of Page
Military - note:
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defense is the responsibility of France
   Transnational Issues    Glorioso Islands Top of Page
Disputes - international:
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claimed by Madagascar

This page was last updated on 20 July, 2006


Source: CIA Factbook