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96/08/20 Dependencies and Areas of Special Sovereignty
Office of The Geographer and Global Issues

Dependencies and Areas of Special Sovereignty, with Codes and Capitals 
as of August 20, 1996.

Short-form name                        Geopolitical
Long-form name               Sovereignty  Code 1   Capital

01. American Samoa
Territory of American Samoa
                             United States  AQ   Pago Pago

02. Anguilla
(no long-form name)
                             United Kingdom AV   The Valley

03. Antarctica
(no long-form name)
                             None 2         AY   None

04. Aruba
(no long-form name)
                             Netherlands    AA   Oranjestad

05. Ashmore and Cartier Islands
Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands
                             Australia      AT   Admin. fr. Canberra

06. Baker Island     
(no long-form name)
                            United States  FQ   Admin. fr. Wash. D.C. 

07. Bermuda          
(no long-form name)
                            United Kingdom BD   Hamilton

08. Bouvet Island    
(no long-form name)
                            Norway         BV   Admin. fr. Oslo

09. British Indian Ocean Territory3  
British Indian Ocean Territory
                            United Kingdom IO   None

10. Cayman Islands   
(no long-form name)
                            United Kingdom CJ   George Town

11. Christmas Island
Territory of Christmas Island
                            Australia       KT   The Settlement
                                               (Flying Fish Cove)

12. Clipperton Island
(no long-form name)
                            France          IP   Admin. fr. Fr. 

13. Cocos (Keeling) Island
Territory of Cocos Islands (Keeling)
                            Australia       CK   West Island

14. Cook Islands     
(no long-form name)    
                            New Zealand     CW   Avarua

15. Coral Sea Islands
Coral Sea Islands Territory
                            Australia       CR   Admin. fr. Canberra

16. Corsica
Territorial Collectivity of Corsica
                            France          VP   Ajaccio

17. Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
Colony of the Falkland Islands
                            United Kingdom4 FK    Stanley

18. Faroe Islands  
(no long-form name)
                            Denmark         FO    Torshavn

19. French Guiana  
Department of Guiana
                            France          FG    Cayenne

20. French Polynesia 
Territory of French Polynesia
                            France          FP    Papeete 

21. French Southern and Antarctic Lands5 
Territory of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands
                            France          FS    Admin. fr. Paris

22. Gibraltar      
(no long-form name)
                            United Kingdom  GI    Gibraltar

23. Greenland      
(no long-form name)
                            Denmark         GL    Nuuk (Godthab)

24. Guadeloupe 6   
Department of Guadeloupe 
                            France          GP    Basse-Terre

25. Guam           
Territory of Guam
                            United States   GQ    Agana

26. Guernsey       
Bailiwick of Guernsey
                            British Crown   GK Saint Peter Port
27. Heard Island and McDonald Islands 
Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands
                            Australia       HM  Admin. fr. Canberra

28. Hong Kong    
(no long-form name)
                            United Kingdom7 HK    Victoria

29. Howland Island
(no long-form name)
                            United States   HQ  Admin. fr. Wash. D.C.

30. Jan Mayen     
(no long-form name)
                            Norway          JN  Admin. fr. Oslo 8

31. Jarvis Island 
(no long-form name)
                            United States   DQ  Admin. fr. Wash. D.C.
32. Jersey        
Bailiwick of Jersey
                            British Crown   JE  Saint Helier

33. Johnston Atoll
(no long-form name)
                            United States   JQ  Admin. fr. Wash. D.C.

34. Kingman Reef 
(no long-form name)
                            United States   KQ  Admin. fr. Wash. D.C.

35. Macau       
(no long-form name)
                            Portugal 9      MC  Macau

36. Man, Isle of 
(no long-form name)
                            British Crown   IM  Douglas

37. Martinique
Department of Martinique
                            France          MB  Fort-de-France

38. Mayotte      
Territorial Collectivity of Mayotte
                            France          MF  Mamoutzou

39. Midway Islands     
(no long-form name)
                            United States   MQ  Admin. fr. Wash. D.C.

40. Montserrat  
(no long-form name)
                            United Kingdom  MH  Plymouth

41. Navassa Island
(no long-form name)
                            United States   BQ  Admin. fr. Wash. D.C.

42. Netherlands Antilles 10
(no long-form name)
                            Netherlands     NT  Willemstad

43. New Caledonia 
Territory of New Caledonia and Dependencies
                            France          NC  Noumea 

44. Niue        
(no long-form name)
                            New Zealand     NE  Alofi
45. Norfolk Island 
Territory of Norfolk Island
                            Australia       NF  Kingston

46. Northern Mariana Islands 
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
                            United States   CQ  Saipan

47. Palmyra Atoll 
(no long-form name)
                            United States   LQ  Admin. fr. Wash. D.C.

48. Paracel Islands 
(no long-form name)
                            undetermined 11 PF  None

49. Pitcairn Islands 
Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie, and Oeno Islands
                            United Kingdom  PC  Adamstown

50. Puerto Rico 
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico 
                            United States  RQ  San Juan

51. Reunion 12  
Department of Reunion
                            France          RE  Saint-Denis
52. Saint Helena 13
(no long-form name)
                            United Kingdom  SH  Jamestown

53. Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Territorial Collectivity of Saint Pierre and Miquelon
                            France         SB  Saint-Pierre

54. South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands 
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
                          United Kingdom4   SX  None

55. Spratly Islands
(no long-form name)
                          undetermined14   PG  None

56. Svalbard   
(no long-form name)
                          Norway           SV  Longyearbyen
57. Tokelau
 (no long-form name)
                          New Zealand      TL  None

58. Turks and Caicos Islands 
(no long-form name)
                          United Kingdom   TK  Grand Turk

59. Virgin Islands 
Virgin Islands of the United States
                          United States    VQ  Charlotte Amalie

60. Virgin Islands, British 
(no long-form name)
                          United Kingdom   VI  Road Town

61. Wake Island 
(no long-form name)
                          United States    WQ  Admin. fr. Wash. D.C.

62. Wallis and Futuna 
Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands
                          France           WF  Mata'utu

63. 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:  Also claimed by Argentina.

Note 5:  "French Southern and Antarctic Lands" includes le Amsterdam, le 
Saint-Paul, les Crozet, and les Kerguelen in the southern Indian Ocean, 
along with the French-claimed sector of Antarctica, "Terre Adelie."  The 
United States does not recognize the French claim to "Terre Adelie" (See 
note 2).

Note 6:  The Department of Guadeloupe includes the nearby islands of 
Marie-Galante and la Desirade and les des Saintes, as well as Saint 
Barthelemy and the northern three-fifths of Saint Martin (the rest of 
which belongs to Netherlands Antilles).

Note 7:  Under a Sino-British declaration of September 1984, Hong Kong 
will revert to China on July 1, 1997, the expiration of the UK's 99-year lease on the New Territories.

Note 8:  Administered from Oslo, Norway, through a governor resident in 
Longyearbyen, Svalbard.

Note 9:  Under a Sino-Portuguese declaration of April 1987, Macau will 
revert to China on December 20, 1999.

Note 10:  Netherlands Antilles comprises two groupings of islands:  
Curacao 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 11:  South China Sea islands occupied by China but claimed by 

Note 12:  Bassas da India (BS), Europa Island (EU), Glorioso Islands 
(GO), Juan de Nova Island (JU), and Tromelin Island (TE) are controlled 
by France and are administered from Reunion. (These islands are claimed 
by Madagascar; Tromelin Island is also claimed by Mauritius and 

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.

Source:  Office of The Geographer and Global Issues, U.S. Department of 
State, Washington, DC
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