Ceuta

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Ceuta
سَبْتَة
Ciudad Autónoma de Ceuta
Flag of Ceuta
Coat of arms of Ceuta
Map of Ceuta
Location of Ceuta within Spain
Coordinates: 35°53′18″N 5°18′56″W / 35.88833°N 5.31556°W / 35.88833; -5.31556Coordinates: 35°53′18″N 5°18′56″W / 35.88833°N 5.31556°W / 35.88833; -5.31556
Country Spain
Autonomous cityCeuta
Founded byCarthaginians
Government
 • TypeAutonomous city
 • BodyCouncil of Government
 • Mayor-PresidentJuan Jesús Vivas (PP)
Area
 • Total18.5 km2 (7.1 sq mi)
 • Land18.5 km2 (7.1 sq mi)
Elevation
10 m (30 ft)
Highest elevation
349 m (1,145 ft)
Population
 (2018)[1]
 • Total85,144
 • Density4,600/km2 (12,000/sq mi)
DemonymsCeutan
ceutí (es)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

Ceuta is a Spanish city in North Africa, at the Strait of Gibraltar which divides it from mainland Spain. It is an exclave of Spain, and is all surrounded by Morocco, which believes it should belong to them. Melilla is another such city. The city area is about 20 square kilometers, and there are over 82,000 people living in the city. The city is surrounded by a border fence, which has been built to keep the Moroccans (and other Africans) from moving there unlawfully. Until it became a self-governing city in 1995, it belonged to the Province of Cádiz.

It was built by the Phoenicians at a strategic position.

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  1. Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.