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Capital
Government
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Areatotal: 28 sq km
water: 0 sq km
land: 28 sq km
Populationno indigenous inhabitants
note: there is a small French military garrison and a few meteorologists; visited by scientists (July 2002 est.)
Language
Religion

A French possession since 1897, the island is heavily wooded; it is the site of a small military garrison that staffs a weather station.


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Europa Island

Geography

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Map of Europa Island
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
Area 
total: 28 sq km
water: 0 sq km
land: 28 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: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 100% (mangrove forests and woodlands) (1998 est.)
Irrigated land 
0 sq km (1998 est.)
Natural hazards 
NA
Environment - current issues 
NA
Geography - note 
wildlife sanctuary
Europa Island

People

Population 
no indigenous inhabitants
note: there is a small French military garrison and a few meteorologists; visited by scientists (July 2002 est.)
Europa Island

Government

Country name 
conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Europa Island
local short form: Ile Europa
local long form: none
Dependency status 
possession of France; administered by a high commissioner of the Republic, resident in Reunion
Legal system 
the laws of France, where applicable, apply
Flag description 
the flag of France is used
Europa Island

Economy

Economy - overview 
no economic activity
Europa Island

Communications

Communications - note 
1 meteorological station
Europa Island

Transportation

Waterways 
none
Ports and harbors 
none; offshore anchorage only
Airports 
1 (2001)
Airports - with unpaved runways 
total: 1
914 to 1,523 m: 1 (2002)
Europa Island

Military

Military - note 
defense is the responsibility of France
Europa Island

Transnational Issues

Disputes - international 
claimed by Madagascar

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