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Country name conventional long form: Akrotiri Sovereign Base Area
conventional short form: Akrotiri
Gevernment typeIslamic republic
Capital name: Episkopi Cantonment; also serves as capital of Dhekelia
geographic coordinates: 34 40 N, 32 51 E
time difference: UTC+2 (7 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
Flag descriptionthe flag of the UK is used
CurrencyCypriot pound (CYP)
Internet country code.af
Ports and terminalsKheyrabad, Shir Khan
Agriculture productsopium, wheat, fruits, nuts; wool, mutton, sheepskins, lambskins
Industriessmall-scale production of textiles, soap, furniture, shoes, fertilizer, cement; handwoven carpets; natural gas, coal, copper
Geography
Locationpeninsula on the southwest coast of Cyprus
Coordinates34 37 N, 32 58 E
ContinentMiddle East
Area total: 123 sq km
note: includes a salt lake and wetlands
Boundaries total: 47.4 km
border countries: Cyprus 47.4 km
Coastline56.3 km
Climatetemperate; Mediterranean with hot, dry summers and cool winters
Terrainmostly rugged mountains; plains in north and southwest
Natural resourcesnatural gas, petroleum, coal, copper, chromite, talc, barites, sulfur, lead, zinc, iron ore, salt, precious and semiprecious stones
Natural hazardsdamaging earthquakes occur in Hindu Kush mountains; flooding; droughts
People
Populationno indigenous inhabitants
note: approximately 1,300 military personnel are on the base; there are another 5,000 British citizens who are families of military personnel or civilian staff on both Akrotiri and Dhekelia; Cyprus citizens work on the base, but do not live there
Ethnic groupsPashtun 42%, Tajik 27%, Hazara 9%, Uzbek 9%, Aimak 4%, Turkmen 3%, Baloch 2%, other 4%
ReligionsSunni Muslim 80%, Shi'a Muslim 19%, other 1%
LanguagesEnglish, Greek

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