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IntroductionTop
Background:A French possession since 1897, the island is heavily wooded; it is the site of a small military garrison that staffs a weather station.
GeographyTop
Location:Southern Africa, island in the Mozambique Channel, about half way between southern Madagascar and southern Mozambique
Geographic coordinates:22 20 S, 40 22 E
Map references:Africa
Area: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:territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 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: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 100% (mangrove forests and woodlands) (2001)

Irrigated land:0 sq km (1998 est.)
Natural hazards:NA
Environment - current issues:NA
Geography - note:wildlife sanctuary
PeopleTop
Population:no indigenous inhabitants
note: there is a small French military garrison and a few meteorologists; visited by scientists (July 2005 est.)

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

Legal system:the laws of France, where applicable, apply
Flag description:the flag of France is used
EconomyTop
Economy - overview:no economic activity
Industries:none
CommunicationsTop
TransportationTop
Ports and harbors:none; offshore anchorage only
Airports:1 (2004 est.)
Airports - with unpaved runways:total: 1
914 to 1,523 m: 1 (2004 est.)

MilitaryTop
Military note:defense is the responsibility of France
Transnational IssuesTop
Disputes - international:claimed by Madagascar



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