Beautiful islands, the ownership of which you might not know
Depending on the minimum size of which is taken into account, there are hundreds of thousands or perhaps even millions of islands ranging from tiny uninhabited islets, occupying the territory of only a few acres to large islands area thousands of kilometers in the world. One Greece, for example, according to some estimates, is made up of 6,000 islands.
Some islands are in fact whole countries. Madagascar, the United Kingdom, Cuba and Iceland - all of these beautiful islands is also the state.
Today, we invite you on an amazing journey through some of the most beautiful and interesting islands, and focus on those which you most likely have heard of, but may not even know to whom they actually belong.
Everyone knows that the Hawaiian islands belong to the United States, and Ibiza is part of Spain, but what about Bermuda, Easter Island, Bora Bora or Greenland? To find out what the country really belong to these islands, read our current list of 25 beautiful islands, the ownership of which you might not know!
25. Greenland (Greenland)
Occupying a total area of 2,130,800 square kilometers spectacular, Greenland is far not the largest island in the world. Due to its enormous size, this Arctic island could easily be the largest state, but in fact, Greenland is part of Denmark.
24. Pitcairn (Pitcairn Islands)
Set in the South Pacific, Pitcairn Islands are a group of five tropical islands of volcanic and coral origin. Inhabited by a total of 56-Tew residents who live in the capital, Adamstown (Adamstown), these islands are officially British Overseas Territories (United Kingdom).
23. Christmas Island (Christmas Island)
Open on Christmas Day in 1643 (after which got its name), Christmas Island - a tropical island located in the Indian Ocean. Known for its biodiversity and many endemic species of plants and animals, this island is an external territory of Australia.
22. Sakhalin Island
Located in the northern Pacific island of Sakhalin is the largest island in Russia. During the XIX and XX centuries Sakhalin contested the two countries, Russia and Japan, and these disputes sometimes lead to military conflicts. Since the end of World War II, he officially belongs to Russia.
21. Curacao (Curacao)
A popular tourist destination, Curacao - a small tropical island located in the southern Caribbean Sea, about 65 kilometers north of the coast of Venezuela. Being the home to more than 150,000 people, this scenic island is a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
20. Canary Islands (Canary Islands)
The Canary Islands are located just 100 kilometers west of Morocco, North Africa, but actually belong to Spain. Archipelago beaches, sunny climate and natural beauty make it a popular tourist destination, attracting 12 million tourists annually.
19. Reunion (Reunion)
Located in the western part of the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar and south-west of Mauritius, Reunion - an island that belongs to France. He is currently the outermost region of the European Union, the island became an overseas department of France in 1946.
18. Bermuda (Bermuda)
The closest mainland to Bermuda is North Carolina, but this small island is part of the British Overseas Territories. "Bermuda Triangle", a region in the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean, where mysteriously disappearing ships and airplanes, was named after the island.
17. Hainan (Hainan)
As a home for about 9 million people, is the largest island of Hainan in China. Compared with most of the Chinese mainland, the quality of air on the island is much higher, which makes it a popular tourist destination for many Chinese and foreign tourists.
16. Easter Island (Easter Island)
One of the most remote inhabited island in the world, Easter Island belongs to Chile, although the continental part of the country is from him at a distance of more than 3,500 kilometers. The island is famous for its preserved to this day the stone giants, called "moai", created by the ancient people of Rapa Nui.
15. The Faroe Islands (Faroe Islands)
Faroe Islands - an archipelago consisting of small islands, situated between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, about midway between Norway and Iceland. However, he does not belong to any of these countries, because it is a part of Denmark.
14. Socotra (Socotra)
Often described as "the most alien-looking place on Earth," Socotra - a small, isolated island located in the Indian Ocean. Called "botanical paradise", the island is home to nearly 700 species of endemic plants and animals, which can not be seen anywhere else on the planet, and belongs to Yemen.
13. Palmyra Atoll (Palmyra Atoll)
Located between Hawaii and American Samoa, Palmyra Atoll is a small uninhabited island, consisting of a large reef, lagoons and almost 50 islands. Like a true tropical paradise, the island officially belongs to the United States.
12. Rügen (Rugia Island)
Located in the Baltic Sea, Rügen is the largest island of Germany. On its coast there are many sandy beaches, lagoons, bays open and chalk cliffs. The diversity of the landscape and the long sandy beaches make this island a very popular tourist destination in the summer.
11. Azores (Azores)
Azores - is a volcanic island located in the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean. They are part of Portugal, although they are at a distance of 1.360 kilometers to the west of the southwestern European country. The mild climate, beautiful beaches and numerous natural attractions attract tourists from all over the world.
10. Santorini (Santorini)
Located in the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea, Santorini is a beautiful island and a popular tourist destination. What most people may not know about it, is that it is actually a part of Greece. This island is known for its unique architecture and landmark lighthouse Pharos (Faros lighthouse) (Not to be confused with the Lighthouse of Alexandria, located on the island of Pharos, which is why it is often called the Pharos Lighthouse).
9. Saint Helena (Saint Helena)
Located at 4,200 kilometers east of Brazil and 1,950 miles west of Africa, Saint Helena is a volcanic tropical island, which is part of the British Overseas Territories. In 1815 the British government chose this island to enter into a place of Napoleon Bonaparte.
8. Palawan (Palawan)
magazine called National Geographic Traveler "best island in the East and South-East Asia", Palawan - an island located in the South China Sea. Known for its rich wildlife and stunning beaches, this island belongs to the Philippines.
7. Corse (Corsica)
Covering an area of 8,860 km², Corsica is one of the largest of the Mediterranean islands. Although the island is closer to Italy than to mainland France, it belongs to the latter. However, the island has a greater degree of autonomy than other regions of France.
6. Gozo (Gozo)
One of the smallest islands in the list, Gozo is claimed - is the place where the nymph Calypso for 7 years held in captivity of Odysseus in Homer's "Odyssey". The island also were shooting some well-known films and television programs, including the TV series "Game of Thrones". From a political point of view is part of Gozo Malta.
5. Jeju (Jeju Island)
When entering a UNESCO natural heritage as "Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tube", Jeju is the largest island in South Korea. The mild climate and clean environment make it a popular holiday destination, which is attended by the South Koreans and foreign tourists.
4. Bora Bora (Bora Bora)
Bora Bora is a major international tourist destination, known for its luxurious resorts and iconic bungalows built over the water. Despite the fact that it is located in the Pacific Ocean, the island belongs to France, because it is part of French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France.
3. The Turks and Caicos (Turks and Caicos)
In the first place known as tourism and offshore financial center, Turks and Caicos Islands are a British Overseas Territory consisting of the larger Caicos Islands and the smaller Turks Islands - two groups of tropical islands in the northern Caribbean.
2. Spitsbergen (Svalbard)
Located north of mainland Europe, Svalbard is located almost halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole. Administratively, the archipelago is not part of a Norwegian county, but forms an unincorporated territory controlled by a governor appointed by the Norwegian government. We this island is better known under the name of Spitzbergen.
1. Madeira (Madeira)
Located in the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean, Madeira is famous for its spectacular scenery, as well as for being the birthplace of Cristiano Ronaldo, one of the greatest players in history. Although the nearest to the island country is Morocco, North Africa, in fact, it is part of Portugal.