Akrotiri and Dhekelia

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Coordinates: 34°35′N 32°59′E / 34.583°N 32.983°E / 34.583; 32.983

Akrotiri and Dhekelia
Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia
Flag of Akrotiri and Dhekelia
Flag
Location of Akrotiri and Dhekelia (red)
Location of Akrotiri and Dhekelia (red)
Location of Akrotiri (left) and Dhekelia (right) in pink on Cyprus (pink, grey, and beige)
Location of Akrotiri (left) and Dhekelia (right) in pink on Cyprus (pink, grey, and beige)
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Treaty of Establishment16 August 1960
CapitalEpiskopi Cantonment
Largest civilian settlementAkrotiri
Official languagesEnglish
Common languages
GovernmentDe facto stratocratic dependency under a constitutional monarchy
• Monarch
Elizabeth II
• Administrator
Major-General Robert Thomson ex officio
Government of the United Kingdom
• Minister
James Cleverly
Area
• Total
256[1] km2 (99 sq mi)
Population
• 2020[2] estimate
18,195[2] (not ranked)
CurrencyEuro () (EUR)
Time zoneUTC+02:00 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)
UTC+03:00 (EEST)
Driving sideleft
Calling code357
UK postcode
BFPO 57 / BF1 2AT (Akrotiri)
BFPO 58 / BF1 2AU (Dhekelia)
Geopolitical Entities and Codes (GEC)AX

Akrotiri and Dhekelia are two British overseas territories that border the Republic of Cyprus and Northern Cyprus. They are used as military bases by the United Kingdom. The bases were kept by the United Kingdom 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.

Military bases[change | change source]

The smallest of the bases is known as Akrotiri Sovereign Base Area or even the Western Sovereign Base Area.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Bowman, John S.; Goult, Herman W.; Stather Hunt, David Wathen. "Akrotiri - British military enclave, Cyprus - Britannica". www.britannica.com. Encyclopedia Britannica. Archived from the original on 19 June 2022. Retrieved 19 June 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Akrotiri". The World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency. 6 June 2022. Archived from the original on 19 June 2022. Retrieved 19 June 2022.

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