Comparing United States to British Indian Ocean Territory

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SEE A 96.5% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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British Indian Ocean Territory  BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY (698km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while British Indian Ocean Territory has a total of 698 km.
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At a Glance: British Indian Ocean Territory

  • Land Area: ~54 thousand sq km (United States is ~181 times bigger than British Indian Ocean Territory)

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A brief history of British Indian Ocean Territory

British Indian Ocean Territory (sometimes abbreviated BIOT) is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 54,400 sq km. Formerly administered as part of the British Crown Colony of Mauritius, the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) was established as an overseas territory of the UK in 1965. A number of the islands of the territory were later transferred to the Seychelles when it attained independence in 1976. Subsequently, BIOT has consisted only of the six main island groups comprising the Chagos Archipelago. The largest and most southerly of the islands, Diego Garcia, contains a joint UK-US naval support facility. All of the remaining islands are uninhabited. Between 1967 and 1973, former agricultural workers, earlier residents in the islands, were relocated primarily to Mauritius, but also to the Seychelles. Negotiations between 1971 and 1982 resulted in the establishment of a trust fund by the British Government as compensation for the displaced islanders, known as Chagossians. Beginning in 1998, the islanders pursued a series of lawsuits against the British Government seeking further compensation and the right to return to the territory. In 2006 and 2007, British court rulings invalidated the immigration policies contained in the 2004 BIOT Constitution Order that had excluded the islanders from the archipelago, but upheld the special military status of Diego Garcia. In 2008, the House of Lords, as the final court of appeal in the UK, ruled in favor of the British Government by overturning the lower court rulings and finding no right of return for the Chagossians.

The data on this page is calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2014 data).