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Europa Island
Île Europa
MottoLiberté, égalité, fraternité
AnthemLa Marseillaise
Location of the Scattered islands in the Indian Ocean:

• 1 : Bassas da India • 2 : Europa Island • 3 : Glorioso Islands • 4 : Juan de Nova Island • 5 : Tromelin Island

(KM : Comoros, MG : Madagascar, MU : Mauritius, MZ : Mozambique, RE : Réunion, YT : Mayotte)

Europa Island (French: Île Europa) is a 28 km² low-lying tropical island in the Mozambique Channel, about a third of the way from southern Madagascar to southern Mozambique, at 22°22′06″S 40°21′48″E / 22.36833°S 40.36333°E / -22.36833; 40.36333Coordinates: 22°22′06″S 40°21′48″E / 22.36833°S 40.36333°E / -22.36833; 40.36333. It has 22.2 kilometres of coastline, but no ports or harbours. Anchorage is possible offshore. The airstrip is 1,500 metres long.

The island is surrounded by coral beaches and a fringing reef and encloses a mangrove lagoon of around 9 km². Its vegetation also consists of dry forest, scrub, euphorbia and the remains of a sisal plantation.

Europa Island is a nature reserve and host to migratory seabirds. It is one of the world's largest nesting sites for green turtles (Chelonia mydas). It is also home to goats introduced by settlers in the late 18th century.

The island takes its name from the British ship Europa, which visited it in 1774. It has been a possession of France since 1897, but is also claimed by Madagascar. Ruins and graves on Europa island attest to several attempts at settlement from the 1860s to the 1920s.

Its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), contiguous with that of Bassas da India, is 127,300 km². The island, garrisoned by a detachment from Réunion, has a meteorological station and is visited by scientists. Europa, though uninhabited, is formally part of the "Îles Eparses" district ("Scattered Islands") of the TAAF ("Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises") administrative region, which comprises islands such as Kerguelen and the French Antarctic possessions.


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Africa : East Africa : Europa Island
Quick Facts
Capital administered from Reunion
Government possession of France
Currency euro (EUR)
Area 28 sq km
Population there is a small French military garrison and a few meteorologists; visited by scientists
Internet TLD .fr
Time Zone UTC +2

Europa Island is nowhere near Europe. It is a small atoll off East Africa, about one-half of the way from southern Madagascar to southern Mozambique.


A French possession since 1897, this tropical, flat island is heavily wooded, and a wildlife sanctuary. It is the site of a small military garrison that staffs a weather station.

Map of Europa Island
Map of Europa Island

By plane

There is an unpaved airstrip on the island.

By boat

There are no ports or harbours, anchorage is possible offshore.


There is no economic activity on Europa Island.


There are no public accommodations on Europa Island.


There's no way this little rock was going to get the .eu TLD. It's nominally part of France's .fr domain.

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