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Non-Self-Governing Territories

 

TERRITORY
LISTING AS NSGT ADMINISTERING POWER LAND AREA
(sq.km.)1
POPULATION1
AFRICA
Western Sahara PDF document Since 1963 2 266,000 586,000
ATLANTIC AND CARIBBEAN
Anguilla PDF document Since 1946 United Kingdom 96 15,700
Bermuda PDF document Since 1946 United Kingdom 53.35 65,187
British Virgin Islands PDF document Since 1946 United Kingdom 153 28,200
Cayman Islands PDF document Since 1946 United Kingdom 264 58,238
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)3 PDF document Since 1946 United Kingdom 12,173 2,500
Montserrat PDF document Since 1946 United Kingdom 103 5,000
Saint Helena PDF document Since 1946 United Kingdom 310 5,765
Turks and Caicos Islands PDF document Since 1946 United Kingdom 948.2 36,689
United States Virgin Islands PDF document Since 1946 United States 352 105,080
EUROPE
Gibraltar PDF document Since 1946 United Kingdom 5.8 33,140
PACIFIC
American Samoa PDF document Since 1946 United States 200 55,170
French Polynesia PDF document

1946-1947    and
since 2013

France 3,600 271,800
Guam PDF document Since 1946 United States 540 159,358
New Caledonia PDF document

1946-1947     and
since 1986

France 18,575 268,767
Pitcairn PDF document Since 1946 United Kingdom 35.5 39
Tokelau PDF document Since 1946 New Zealand 12.2 1,411

1. All data is from United Nations Secretariat 2016 Working Papers on Non-Self-Governing Territories (NSGTs), and for Western Sahara, from UNdata (data.un.org), a database by the United Nations Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations.   

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).