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Daman and Diu
Location of Daman and Diu
Coordinates 20°25′N 72°50′E / 20.42°N 72.83°E / 20.42; 72.83
Country  India
District(s) 2
Established 1987-05-30
Capital Daman
Administrator Shri Satya Gopal, IAS
158059 (36th)
1,216 /km2 (3,149 /sq mi)
Official languages Gujarati, Marathi, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Area 130 km2 (50 sq mi)
ISO 3166-2 IN-DD

Daman and Diu (Gujarati: દમણ અને દિવ, Marathi: दमण आणि दीव, Portuguese: Damão e Diu) is a union territory in India.

For over 450 years, these coastal enclaves on the Arabian Sea coast were part of Portuguese India, along with Goa and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Goa, Daman, and Diu were incorporated into the Republic of India on December 19, 1961, by military conquest; Portugal did not recognize the Indian annexation of these territories until 1974. Goa, Daman, and Diu were administered as part of a single union territory until 1987, when Goa was granted statehood, leaving Daman and Diu as a separate union territory; each enclave constitutes one of the union territory's two districts.

Gujarati,Marathi and English are the official[1] and main languages[2][3]. The use of Portuguese goes on declining because it is no longer official nor taught at school, though a number of elder people can still understand it, some even preferring it for discourse at home. In addition to standard Portuguese, there are two also shrinking Portuguese-based creole languages in Daman (known as Língua da Casa, "Home Language") and Diu (Língua dos Velhos, "Elders' Language"). English is increasingly accepted for official purposes.

St. Paul's Church in Diu



It should be noted that Daman refers only to the city, which lies in the larger Daman District.


Daman and Diu's gross state domestic product for 2004 is estimated at $156 million in current prices.

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Asia : South Asia : India : Western India : Daman and Diu

Daman and Diu are two small enclaves in Western India. Daman is a small city on the mouth of the Daman Ganga river bounded on all sides by the state of Gujarat, while Diu is a small island off the coast of Gujarat.


Daman and Diu were under Portuguese occupation from 1539 to 1961, when the Indian government used military action to retake all the Portgese enclaves. Apart from Daman and Diu, Goa and Dadra and Nagar Haveli were "liberated" in this conflict. This area used to be a part of a larger union territory of Goa, Daman and Diu till Goa became a state by itself.

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Daman and Diu


Daman and Diu

  1. Union territory in western India which has Daman as its capital.


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