British Indian Ocean Territory

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This is not one of the classic holiday regions, because the British territory in the Indian Ocean is uninhabited. Apart from a few soldiers who are on duty in a military base on one of the seven atolls, on the island of Diega Garcia. The former inhabitants of the Chagos archipelago were relocated in 1966 and have since been living either in the Seychelles or in Mauritius. Some of them are still fighting in British courts to return to their ancestral homeland. The state of Mauritius is making territorial claims over the entire territory and and is taking the matter to the United Nations and the International Court of Justice in The Hague. The country refers to what it considers the illegal rule of the British over this territory in the Indian Ocean.

British Indian Ocean Territory at a glance

Area60 km2
CurrencyUS Dollar (USD)