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Akrotiri and Dhekelia

Akrotiri and Dhekelia
General information
Common nameAkrotiri and Dhekelia
Local nameThe Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia
NameThe Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia
Anthem"God Save the Queen"
CapitalEpiskopi (administrative centre)
Official languagesEnglish, Greek
GovernmentSovereign Base Areas
AdministratorJamie Gordon
overseas territory
overseas territory
Total Area98 sq mi (253.8 km2)
Population Est.7,000 Cypriots, 7,500 British military personnel and families
Density (pop.)n/a/km2 (0/sq mi)
Other information
CurrencyEuro (EUR)
Time zoneEET (UTC+2)
- Summer (DST)EEST (UTC+3)
Calling code357

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The Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia are two British-administered areas comprising a British Overseas Territory on the island of Cyprus administered as Sovereign Base Areas of the United Kingdom. The bases were retained by the British following the granting of independence and the eventual transition of Cyprus from a crown colony to an independent sovereign state. The United Kingdom demanded and succeeded in continuing to occupy a portion of Cyprus in the form of military bases because of the strategic location of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea in pursuit of British interests.

The bases are split into Akrotiri ( ; ), along with Episkopi Garrison, is part of an area known as the Western Sovereign Base Area or WSBA) and Dhekelia (Greek: Δεκέλεια; Turkish: Dikelya, along with Ayios Nikolaos, is part of the Eastern Sovereign Base Area or ESBA).

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