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Glorioso Islands    Introduction Top of Page
Background: A French possession since 1892, the Glorioso Islands are composed of two lushly vegetated islands (Ile Glorieuse and Ile du Lys) and three rock islets. A military garrison operates a weather and radio station on Ile Glorieuse.
Glorioso Islands    Geography Top of Page
Location: Southern Africa, group of islands in the Indian Ocean, northwest of Madagascar
Geographic coordinates: 11 30 S, 47 20 E
Map references: Africa
Area: 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: about eight times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC
Land boundaries: 0 km
Coastline: 35.2 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 12 m
Natural resources: guano, coconuts
Land use: arable land:  0%

permanent crops:  0%

permanent pastures:  0%

forests and woodland:  0%

other:  100% (all lush vegetation and coconut palms)
Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1993)
Natural hazards: periodic cyclones
Environment - current issues: NA
Geography - note: the islands and rocks are surrounded by an extensive reef system
Glorioso Islands    People Top of Page
Population: no indigenous inhabitants

note:  there is a small French military garrison (July 2001 est.)
Glorioso Islands    Government Top of Page
Country name: conventional long form:  none

conventional short form:  Glorioso Islands

local long form:  none

local short form:  Iles Glorieuses
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
Diplomatic representation in the US: none (possession of France)
Diplomatic representation from the US: none (possession of France)
Flag description: the flag of France is used
Glorioso Islands    Economy Top of Page
Economy - overview: no economic activity
Glorioso Islands    Communications Top of Page
Communications - note: 1 meteorological station
Glorioso Islands    Transportation Top of Page
Waterways: none
Ports and harbors: none; offshore anchorage only
Airports: 1 (2000 est.)
Airports - with unpaved runways: total:  1

914 to 1,523 m:  1 (2000 est.)
Glorioso Islands    Military Top of Page
Military - note: defense is the responsibility of France
Glorioso Islands    Transnational Issues Top of Page
Disputes - international: claimed by Madagascar

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