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CountryDependency status
Akrotiria special form of UK overseas territory; administered by an administrator who is also the Commander, British Forces Cyprus
American Samoaunincorporated and unorganized territory of the US; administered by the Office of Insular Affairs, US Department of the Interior
Anguillaoverseas territory of the UK
Arubamember country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; full autonomy in internal affairs obtained in 1986 upon separation from the Netherlands Antilles; Dutch Government responsible for defense and foreign affairs
Ashmore and Cartier Islandsterritory of Australia; administered by the Australian Attorney-General's Department
Bermudaoverseas territory of the UK
Bouvet Islandterritory of Norway; administered by the Polar Department of the Ministry of Justice and Police from Oslo
British Indian Ocean Territoryoverseas territory of the UK; administered by a commissioner, resident in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London
British Virgin Islandsoverseas territory of the UK; internal self-governing
Cayman Islandsoverseas territory of the UK
Christmas Islandnon-self governing territory of Australia; administered from Canberra by the Australian Attorney-General's Department
Clipperton Islandpossession of France; administered directly by the Minister of Overseas France
Cocos (Keeling) Islandsnon-self governing territory of Australia; administered from Canberra by the Australian Attorney-General's Department
Cook Islandsself-governing in free association with New Zealand; Cook Islands is fully responsible for internal affairs; New Zealand retains responsibility for external affairs and defense, in consultation with the Cook Islands
Coral Sea Islandsterritory of Australia; administered from Canberra by the Australian Attorney-General's Department
Dhekeliaa special form of UK overseas territory; administered by an administrator who is also the Commander, British Forces Cyprus
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)overseas territory of the UK; also claimed by Argentina
Faroe Islandspart of the Kingdom of Denmark; self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark since 1948
French Polynesiaoverseas lands of France; overseas territory of France from 1946-2004
French Southern and Antarctic Landsoverseas territory of France since 1955; administered from Paris by Administrateur Superieur Eric PILLOTON (since 10 April 2007)
Gibraltaroverseas territory of the UK
Greenlandpart of the Kingdom of Denmark; self-governing overseas administrative division of Denmark since 1979
Guamorganized, unincorporated territory of the US with policy relations between Guam and the US under the jurisdiction of the Office of Insular Affairs, US Department of the Interior
GuernseyBritish crown dependency
Heard Island and McDonald Islandsterritory of Australia; administered from Canberra by the Australian Antarctic Division of the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
Hong Kongspecial administrative region of China
Isle of ManBritish crown dependency
Jan Mayenterritory of Norway; since August 1994, administered from Oslo through the county governor (fylkesmann) of Nordland; however, authority has been delegated to a station commander of the Norwegian Defense Communication Service
JerseyBritish crown dependency
Macauspecial administrative region of China
Mayottedepartmental collectivity of France
Montserratoverseas territory of the UK
Navassa Islandunorganized, unincorporated territory of the US; administered by the Fish and Wildlife Service, US Department of the Interior, from the Caribbean Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Boqueron, Puerto Rico; in September 1996, the Coast Guard ceased operations and maintenance of Navassa Island Light, a 46-meter-tall lighthouse on the southern side of the island; there has also been a private claim advanced against the island
Netherlands Antillesan autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands; full autonomy in internal affairs granted in 1954; Dutch Government responsible for defense and foreign affairs
New Caledoniaterritorial collectivity of France since 1998
Niueself-governing in free association with New Zealand since 1974; Niue fully responsible for internal affairs; New Zealand retains responsibility for external affairs and defense; however, these responsibilities confer no rights of control and are only exercised at the request of the Government of Niue
Norfolk Islandself governing territory of Australia; administered from Canberra by the Australian Attorney-General's Department
Northern Mariana Islandscommonwealth in political union with the US; federal funds to the Commonwealth administered by the US Department of the Interior, Office of Insular Affairs
Pitcairn Islandsoverseas territory of the UK
Puerto Ricounincorporated, organized territory of the US with commonwealth status; policy relations between Puerto Rico and the US conducted under the jurisdiction of the Office of the President
Saint Barthelemyoverseas collectivity of France
Saint Helenaoverseas territory of the UK
Saint Martinoverseas collectivity of France
Saint Pierre and Miquelonself-governing territorial overseas collectivity of France
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islandsoverseas territory of the UK, also claimed by Argentina; administered from the Falkland Islands by a commissioner, who is concurrently governor of the Falkland Islands, representing Queen ELIZABETH II
Svalbardterritory of Norway; administered by the Polar Department of the Ministry of Justice, through a governor (sysselmann) residing in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen; by treaty (9 February 1920) sovereignty was awarded to Norway
Tokelauself-administering territory of New Zealand; note - Tokelau and New Zealand have agreed to a draft constitution as Tokelau moves toward free association with New Zealand; a UN sponsored referendum on self governance in October 2007 did not produce the two-thirds majority vote necessary for changing the political status
Turks and Caicos Islandsoverseas territory of the UK
United States Pacific Island Wildlife Refugesunincorporated territories of the US; administered from Washington, DC, by the Fish and Wildlife Service of the US Department of the Interior as part of the National Wildlife Refuge system
note on Palmyra Atoll: incorporated Territory of the US; partly privately owned and partly federally owned; administered from Washington, DC, by the Fish and Wildlife Service of the US Department of the Interior; the Office of Insular Affairs of the US Department of the Interior continues to administer nine excluded areas comprising certain tidal and submerged lands within the 12 nm territorial sea or within the lagoon
Virgin Islandsorganized, unincorporated territory of the US with policy relations between the Virgin Islands and the US under the jurisdiction of the Office of Insular Affairs, US Department of the Interior
Wake Islandunorganized, unincorporated territory of the US; administered from Washington, DC, by the Department of the Interior; activities in the atoll are currently conducted by the US Air Force
Wallis and Futunaoverseas territory of France

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