Disputed Territories: Europe

Northern Ireland – Territorial Dispute

Since the 1100’s, parts of Ireland, or the island in full, has been controlled by Britain to some degree, and this long-term

Olivenza & Táliga – Territorial Dispute

Olivenza & Táliga (Olivença & Talega) – Portugal controlled the Olivenza and Táliga regions from 1297, until it ceded them to Spain,

Northern Cyprus (Turkish Cyprus) – Territorial Dispute

Northern Cyprus (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) – Claims independence, but the Republic of Cyprus also claims sovereignty. Only Turkey recognises Northern

Turkish Kurdistan (Northern Kurdistan) – Territorial Dispute

Turkish Kurdistan (Northern Kurdistan) – The Turkish portion of Kurdistan is also know as Northern Kurdistan, and it covers about a third

South Ossetia – Territorial Dispute

South Ossetia (Republic of South Ossetia) – Claims independence from Georgia since 1990, but Georgia also claims full sovereignty over the region,

Nagorno-Karabakh – Territorial Dispute

Nagorno-Karabakh (Nagorno-Karabakh Republic) – Claims independence, but Azerbaijan also claims sovereignty. Fighting between the two is currently on hold, after a bloody

Kurdistan (Greater Kurdistan) – Territorial Dispute

The Kurds are historically an ancient ethnic Persian (Iranian) group of tribes who are currently geographically split mostly between modern-day Iran, Iraq,

Hatay (Alexandretta) – Territorial Dispute

Hatay (Hatay Province/Alexandretta) – Hatay is a Turkish province, in the far south of the country, bordering Syria. It is claimed and

Faroe Islands – Territorial Dispute

Faroe Islands – The North Atlantic island group, the Faroe Islands, has been an autonomous province of Denmark since 1948. A local

Rockall – Territorial Dispute

Rockall – Iceland, the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom have all submitted claims of ownership to the United Nations Convention

Kosovo – Territorial Dispute

Kosovo (Republic of Kosovo) – Claims independence, but Serbia also claims sovereignty. The Republic of Kosovo also claims sovereignty over the United

Gibraltar – Territorial Dispute

Gibraltar (a British Overseas Territory) – Gibraltar is a small island off the coast of North Africa, just below Iberia, which was

Transnistria (Pridnestrovie) – Territorial Dispute

Transnistria (Transnistrian Moldovan Republic) / Pridnestrovie (Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic/PMR) – Claims independence since 1990, but Moldova also claims full sovereignty, and describes

Abkhazia – Territorial Dispute

Abkhazia (Republic of Abkhazia) – Claims independence, but Georgia also claims sovereignty of Abkhazia as an autonomous region. When Georgia was seeking
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