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Non-Self-Governing Territories


Western Sahara PDF document 2 266,000 300,653 531,000
Anguilla PDF document United Kingdom 96 92,178 15,500
Bermuda PDF document United Kingdom 57 450,370 62,000
British Virgin Islands PDF document United Kingdom 153 80,117 28,103
Cayman Islands PDF document United Kingdom 264 119,137 55,500
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)3 PDF document United Kingdom 12,173 550,872 2,500
Montserrat PDF document United Kingdom 103 7,582 5,000
St. Helena PDF document United Kingdom 310 1,641,294 5,396
Turks and Caicos Islands PDF document United Kingdom 948 154,068 31,458
United States Virgin Islands PDF document United States 352 33,744 106,405
Gibraltar PDF document United Kingdom 5.8 n/a 29,752
American Samoa PDF document United States 200 404,391 55,519
French Polynesia PDF document France 4,000 4,767,242 271,000
Guam PDF document United States 540 214,059 159,358
New Caledonia PDF document France 18,575 1,422,543 252,000
Pitcairn PDF document United Kingdom 35.5 800,000 50
Tokelau PDF document New Zealand 12.2 318,990 1,411

1. From United Nations Secretariat 2013 working papers, United Nations Data, and the Sea Around Us project.

2. On 26 February 1976, Spain informed the Secretary-General that as of that date it had terminated its presence in the Territory of the Sahara and deemed it necessary to place on record that Spain considered itself thenceforth exempt from any responsibility of any international nature in connection with the administration of the Territory, in view of the cessation of its participation in the temporary administration established for the Territory. In 1990, the General Assembly reaffirmed that the question of Western Sahara was a question of decolonization which remained to be completed by the people of Western Sahara.

3. A dispute exists between the Governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning sovereignty over the Falkland Islands (Malvinas). (see ST/CS/SER.A/42)