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Europa Island

(possession of France)

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Location: Southern Africa, island in the Mozambique Channel, about one-half of the way from southern Madagascar to southern Mozambique

Geographic coordinates: 22 20 S, 40 22 E

Map references: Africa

  total: 28 sq km
  land: 28 sq km
  water: 0 sq km

Area - comparative: about 0.16 times the size of Washington, DC

Land boundaries: 0 km

Coastline: 22.2 km

Maritime claims
  exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
  territorial sea: 12 nm

Climate: tropical

Terrain: low and flat

Elevation extremes
  lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
  highest point: unnamed location 24 m

Natural resources: NEGL

Land use
  arable land: NA%
  permanent crops: NA%
  permanent pastures: NA%
  forests and woodland: NA%
  other: NA%

Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1993)

Natural hazards: NA

Environment - current issues: NA

Geography - note: wildlife sanctuary


Population: no indigenous inhabitants (Note: there is a small French military garrison (July 2000 est.))


Country name
  conventional long form: none
  conventional short form: Europa Island
  local long form: none
  local short form: Ile Europa

Data code: EU

Dependency status: possession of France; administered by a high commissioner of the Republic, resident in Reunion

Flag description: the flag of France is used


Economy - overview: no economic activity


Communications - note: 1 meteorological station


Ports and harbors: none; offshore anchorage only

Airports: 1 (1999 est.)

Airports - with unpaved runways
  total: 1
  914 to 1,523 m: 1 (1999 est.)


Military - note: defense is the responsibility of France

Transnational Issues

Disputes - international: claimed by Madagascar

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