Akrotiri and Dhekelia

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Akrotiri and Dhekelia
(Western and Eastern)
Sovereign Base Areas

Flag of Akrotiri and Dhekelia Coat of arms of Akrotiri and Dhekelia
(In Detail) (In Detail)
Map showing the location of Akrotiri and Dhekelia
Location within Cyprus
Official language English
Capital Episkopi Cantonment
Leader James Illingworth
Area 154 square kilometres (59.46 sq mi)
Population 7,000 Cypriots; 7,500 British military workers and their families
Currency Great Britain Pound

Akrotiri and Dhekelia are two British overseas territories that borders the Republic of Cyprus and Northern Cyprus. They are used as military bases by the United Kingdom. The bases were kept by the UK after Cyprus changed from being a colony in the British Empire, to being an independent republic. The United Kingdom kept them because of the important location of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea.