Bureau of Intelligence and Research
March 26, 2004
Dependencies and Areas of Special Sovereignty
Independent States in the World (192 = 191 UN members + Taiwan)
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State Department Country Background Notes
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|Short-form name||Long-form name||Sovereignty||FIPS Code
(see note 1)
|197||American Samoa||Territory of
|United States||AQ||Pago Pago|
|! Akrotiri Sovereign Base Area (see note 15)|
|198||Anguilla||(no long-form name)||United Kingdom||AV||The Valley|
|195||Antarctica||(no long-form name)||None
(see note 2)
|199||Aruba||(no long-form name)||Netherlands||AA||Oranjestad|
|247||Ashmore and Cartier Islands||Territory of Ashmore
and Cartier Islands
|236||Baker Island||(no long-form name)||United States||FQ||Administered from Washington, D.C.|
|200||Bermuda||(no long-form name)||United Kingdom||BD||Hamilton|
|201||Bouvet Island||(no long-form name)||Norway||BV||Admin. from Oslo|
(see note 3)
|203||Cayman Islands||(no long-form name)||United Kingdom||CJ||George Town|
|204||Christmas Island||Territory of
(Flying Fish Cove)
|262||Clipperton Island||(no long-form name)||France||IP||Administered from
|Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands||Australia||CK||West Island|
|206||Cook Islands||(no long-form name)||New Zealand||CW||Avarua|
|248||Coral Sea Islands||Coral Sea
|! Dhekelia Sovereign Base Area (see note 15)|
|207||Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)||Colony of the
(see note 4)
|208||Faroe Islands||(no long-form name)||Denmark||FO||Tórshavn|
(see note 5)
|210||French Polynesia||Territory of
(see note 6)
|Territory of the
and Antarctic Lands
|212||Gibraltar||(no long-form name)||United Kingdom||GI||Gibraltar|
|213||Greenland||(no long-form name)||Denmark||GL||Nuuk (Godthåb)|
(see note 5)
|215||Guam||Territory of Guam||United States||GQ||Hagatna|
(see note 7)
|Bailiwick of Guernsey||British Crown Dependency||GK||Saint Peter Port|
|216||Heard Island and McDonald Islands||Territory of
and McDonald Islands
|217||Hong Kong||Hong Kong Special Administrative Region||China
(see note 8)
|249||Howland Island||(no long-form name)||United States||HQ||Administered from Washington, D.C.|
|264||Jan Mayen||(no long-form name)||Norway||JN||Administered
(see note 9)
|250||Jarvis Island||(no long-form name)||United States||DQ||Administered from Washington, D.C.|
|242||Jersey||Bailiwick of Jersey||British Crown Dependency||JE||Saint Helier|
|251||Johnston Atoll||(no long-form name)||United States||JQ||Administered from Washington, D.C.|
|252||Kingman Reef||(no long-form name)||United States||KQ||Administered from Washington, D.C.|
|218||Macau||Macau Special Administrative Region||China
(see note 10)
|243||Man, Isle of||(no long-form name)||British
(see note 5)
|220||Mayotte||Territorial Collectivity of Mayotte||France||MF||Mamoudzou|
|253||Midway Islands||(no long-form name)||United States||MQ||Administered from Washington, D.C.|
|221||Montserrat||(no long-form name)||United Kingdom||MH||Plymouth|
|254||Navassa Island||(no long-form name)||United States||BQ||Administered from Washington, D.C.|
(see note 11)
|(no long-form name)||Netherlands||NT||Willemstad|
|223||New Caledonia||Territory of New Caledonia and Dependencies||France||NC||Nouméa|
|224||Niue||(no long-form name)||New Zealand||NE||Alofi|
|225||Norfolk Island||Territory of
of the Northern
|255||Palmyra Atoll||(no long-form name)||United States||LQ||Administered from Washington, D.C.|
|263||Paracel Islands||(no long-form name)||undetermined (see note 12)||PF||None|
and Oeno Islands
of Puerto Rico
|United States||RQ||San Juan|
(see note 5)
(see note 13)
|(no long-form name)||United Kingdom||SH||Jamestown|
|231||Saint Pierre and Miquelon||Territorial
Collectivity of Saint
Pierre and Miquelon
and the South Sandwich Islands
|South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands||United
(see note 4)
|265||Spratly Islands||(no long-form name)||undetermined (see note 14)||PG||None|
|233||Svalbard||(no long-form name)||Norway||SV||Longyearbyen|
|234||Tokelau||(no long-form name)||New Zealand||TL||None|
|(no long-form name)||United Kingdom||TK||Grand Turk|
|238||Virgin Islands, U.S.||United States
|United States||VQ||Charlotte Amalie|
|237||Virgin Islands, British||(no long-form name)||United Kingdom||VI||Road Town|
|256||Wake Island||(no long-form name)||United States||WQ||Administered from Washington, D.C.|
|239||Wallis and Futuna||Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands||France||WF||Matâ'utu|
|240||Western Sahara||(no long-form name)||undetermined||WI||None|
Note 1: Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 10-4 codes.
Note 2: Antarctica consists of the territory south of 60 degrees south latitude. This area includes claims by Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom, the legal status of which remains in suspense under the terms of the Antarctic Treaty of 1959. The United States recognizes no claims to Antarctica.
Note 3: Chagos Archipelago (including Diego Garcia).
Note 4: U.K. Overseas Territory (also claimed by Argentina).
Note 5: French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Reunion are departments (first-order administrative units) of France, and are therefore not dependencies or areas of special sovereignty. They are included in this list only for the convenience of the user. The Department of Guadeloupe includes the nearby islands of Marie-Galante, La Desirade, and Iles des Saintes, as well as Saint Barthelemy and the northern three-fifths of Saint Martin (the rest of which belongs to Netherlands Antilles). The islands of Bassas da India, Europa Island, Glorioso Islands, Juan de Nova Island, and Tromelin Island are administered from Reunion; all these islands are claimed by Madagascar, and Tromelin Island is claimed by Mauritius.
Note 6: "French Southern and Antarctic Lands" includes Île Amsterdam, Île Saint-Paul, Îles Crozet, and Îles Kerguelen in the southern Indian Ocean, along with the French-claimed sector of Antarctica, "Terre Adélie." The United States does not recognize the French claim to "Terre Adélie" (see note 2).
Note 7: The Bailiwick of Guernsey includes the islands of Alderney, Guernsey, Herm, Sark, and nearby smaller islands.
Note 8: Under a Sino-British declaration of September 1984, Hong Kong reverted to Chinese control on July 1, 1997. It is now a semi-autonomous entity that exists pursuant to international agreement and maintains its own government apart from the People's Republic of China.
Note 9: Administered from Oslo, Norway, through a governor resident in Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
Note 10: Under the Sino-Portuguese Joint Declaration on the Question of Macau signed in 1987, Macau reverted to Chinese control on December 20, 1999. It is now a semi-autonomous entity that exists pursuant to international agreement and maintains its own government apart from the People's Republic of China.
Note 11: Netherlands Antilles comprises two groupings of islands: Curaçao and Bonaire are located off the coast of Venezuela; Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten (the Dutch two-fifths of the island of Saint Martin) lie 800 km to the north.
Note 12: South China Sea islands occupied by China but claimed by Vietnam.
Note 13: The territory of Saint Helena includes the Island group of Tristan da Cunha; Saint Helena also administers Ascension Island.
Note 14: South China Sea islands claimed in entirety by China and Vietnam and in part by the Philippines and Malaysia; each of these states occupies some part of the islands.
Note 15: U.K. military bases on the island of Cyprus.
Note 16: The joint force headquarters under the Commander of the British Forces, Cyprus administers both sovereign base areas from Episkopi.
Source: Office of The Geographer and Global Issues, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC.
244-245-246 England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland
257-261 French Miscelaneous