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   Introduction    Akrotiri Top of Page
Background:

By terms of the 1960 Treaty of Establishment that created the independent Republic of Cyprus, the UK retained full sovereignty and jurisdiction over two areas of almost 254 square kilometers - Akrotiri and Dhekelia. The southernmost and smallest of these is the Akrotiri Sovereign Base Area, which is also referred to as the Western Sovereign Base Area.

   Geography    Akrotiri Top of Page
Location:

peninsula on the southwest coast of Cyprus
Geographic coordinates:

34 37 N, 32 58 E
Map references:

Middle East
Area:

total: 123 sq km
note: includes a salt lake and wetlands
Area - comparative:

about 0.7 times the size of Washington, DC
Land boundaries:

total: 47.4 km
border countries: Cyprus 47.4 km
Coastline:

56.3 km
Climate:

temperate; Mediterranean with hot, dry summers and cool winters
Environment - current issues:

shooting around the salt lake; note - breeding place for loggerhead and green turtles; only remaining colony of griffon vultures is on the base
Geography - note:

British extraterritorial rights also extended to several small off-post sites scattered across Cyprus
   People    Akrotiri Top of Page
Population:

no indigenous inhabitants
note: approximately 1,300 military personnel are on the base; there are another 5,000 British citizens who are families of military personnel or civilian staff on both Akrotiri and Dhekelia; Cyprus citizens work on the base, but do not live there
Languages:

English, Greek
   Government    Akrotiri Top of Page
Country name:

conventional long form: Akrotiri Sovereign Base Area
conventional short form: Akrotiri
Dependency status:

overseas territory of UK; administered by an administrator who is also the Commander, British Forces Cyprus
Capital:

name: Episkopi Cantonment; also serves as capital of Dhekelia
geographic coordinates: 34 40 N, 32 51 E
time difference: UTC+2 (7 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
Constitution:

Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia Order in Council 1960, effective 16 August 1960
Legal system:

the Sovereign Base Area Administration has its own court system to deal with civil and criminal matters; laws applicable to the Cypriot population are, as far as possible, the same as the laws of the Republic of Cyprus
Executive branch:

chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952)
head of government: Administrator Air Vice-Marshal Richard LACEY (since 26 April 2006); note - reports to the British Ministry of Defense
elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; the administrator is appointed by the monarch
Diplomatic representation in the US:

none (overseas territory of the UK)
Diplomatic representation from the US:

none (overseas territory of the UK)
Flag description:

the flag of the UK is used
   Economy    Akrotiri Top of Page
Economy - overview:

Economic activity is limited to providing services to the military and their families located in Akrotiri. All food and manufactured goods must be imported.
Currency (code):

Cypriot pound (CYP)
Exchange rates:

Cypriot pounds per US dollar - 0.46019 (2006), 0.4641 (2005), 0.4686 (2004), 0.5174 (2003), 0.6107 (2002)
   Communications    Akrotiri Top of Page
Radio broadcast stations:

AM NA, FM 1, shortwave NA (British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) provides Radio 1 and Radio 2 service to Akrotiri, Dhekelia, and Nicosia) (2006)
Television broadcast stations:

0 (British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) provides multi-channel satellite service to Akrotiri, Dhekelia, and Nicosia) (2006)

   Military    Akrotiri Top of Page
Military - note:

Akrotiri has a full RAF base, Headquarters for British Forces on Cyprus, and Episkopi Support Unit

This page was last updated on 15 November, 2007


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