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 Europa Island
Airports 1 (2004 est.)
Airports - with unpaved runways total: 1

914 to 1,523 m: 1 (2004 est.)
Area total: 28 sq km

land: 28 sq km

water: 0 sq km
Area - comparative about 0.16 times the size of Washington, DC
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.
Climate tropical
Coastline 22.2 km
Country name conventional long form: none

conventional short form: Europa Island

local long form: none

local short form: Ile Europa
Dependency status possession of France; administered by the Administrateur Superieur of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands
Disputes - international claimed by Madagascar
Economy - overview no economic activity
Elevation extremes lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m

highest point: unnamed location 24 m
Environment - current issues NA
Flag description the flag of France is used
Geographic coordinates 22 20 S, 40 22 E
Geography - note wildlife sanctuary
Industries none
Irrigated land 0 sq km (1998 est.)
Land boundaries 0 km
Land use arable land: 0%

permanent crops: 0%

other: 100% (mangrove forests and woodlands) (2001)
Legal system the laws of France, where applicable, apply
Location Southern Africa, island in the Mozambique Channel, about half way between southern Madagascar and southern Mozambique
Map references Africa
Maritime claims territorial sea: 12 nm

exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Military - note defense is the responsibility of France
Natural hazards NA
Natural resources NEGL
Population no indigenous inhabitants

note: there is a small French military garrison and a few meteorologists; visited by scientists (July 2005 est.)
Ports and harbors none; offshore anchorage only
Terrain low and flat
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