This is a handy list featuring all overseas territories and dependencies around the World. This extensive list includes an incredible 78 territories, but many of these territories also contain multiple territories within themselves – such as multiple island groups administered together for handiness.
Many of these territories are the residue of the past global colonisation by European powers, but there are some listed which represent the new imperialistic intentions of the West, most notably the United States.
This list includes inhabited and uninhabited territories, comprising of reefs, islands and areas of continental landmass. Some of these dependencies operate almost independently, others have some autonomy, whilst the remainder are administered by the governing nation.
All of these foreign dependencies represent strategic and/or economic importance to their governing nation, and they can also potentially hold the same importance to other nearby nations in some cases too, which can lead to disputes over these territories.
According to the United Nations’ Law of the Sea, those who govern a territory have control over underwater/underground exploration – and the control of marine resources – up to 200 nautical miles from its coast. This area is called the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
Full List of Overseas Territories
|Overseas Dependency||Continent(s)||Governing Nation(s)|
|Akrotiri and Dhekelia||Europe / Asia||United Kingdom|
|American Samoa||Oceania||United States|
|Anguilla||North America||United Kingdom|
|Argentine Antarctica ||Antarctica||Argentina|
|Ashmore & Cartier Islands ||Oceania||Australia|
|Australian Antarctic Territory ||Antarctica||Australia|
|Bajo Nuevo Bank (Petrel Islands) ||North America||United States / Colombia |
|Bouvet Island ||Antarctica||Norway|
|Bermuda||North America||United Kingdom|
|British Antarctic Territory ||Antarctica||United Kingdom|
|British Indian Ocean Territory||Asia||United Kingdom|
|British Virgin Islands||North America||United Kingdom|
|Cayman Islands||North America||United Kingdom|
|Chilean Antarctic Territory ||Antarctica||Chile|
|Clipperton Island ||North America||France|
|Cocos (Keeling) Islands||Asia||Australia|
|Cook Islands ||Oceania||New Zealand|
|Coral Sea Islands ||Oceania||Australia|
|Falkland Islands||South America||United Kingdom|
|Federated States of Micronesia ||Oceania||United States|
|French Guiana (Guyane)||South America||France|
|French Southern & Antarctic Lands ||Africa / Antarctica / Asia / Oceania||France|
|Heard Island & McDonald Islands ||Antarctica||Australia|
|Isle of Man||Europe||United Kingdom|
|Hawaii ||Oceania||United States|
|Hong Kong ||Asia||China|
|Jan Mayen ||Europe||Norway|
|Marshall Islands ||Oceania||United States|
|Montserrat||North America||United Kingdom|
|Navassa Island ||North America||United States|
|Niue ||Oceania||New Zealand|
|Northern Mariana Islands||Oceania||United States|
|Palau ||Oceania||United States|
|Peter I Island ||Antarctica||Norway|
|Puerto Rico||North America||United States|
|Pitcairn Islands||Oceania||United Kingdom|
|Queen Maud Land ||Antarctica||Norway|
|Ross Dependency ||Antarctica||New Zealand|
|Saint Barthélemy||North America||France|
|Saint Helena, Ascension & Tristan da Cunha||Africa||United Kingdom|
|Saint Martin||North America||France|
|Saint Pierre & Miquelon||North America||France|
|San Andrés y Providencia||North America||Colombia|
|Serranilla Bank ||North America||United States / Colombia |
|Sint Eustatius||North America||Netherlands|
|Sint Maarten||North America||Netherlands|
|South Georgia & The South Sandwich Islands ||South America||United Kingdom|
|Turks & Caicos Islands||North America||United Kingdom|
|US Pacific Island Wildlife Refuges (Baker Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway Islands, Palmyra Atoll) ||Oceania||United States|
|US Virgin Islands||North America||United States|
|Wake Island ||Oceania||United States|
|Wallis and Futuna||Oceania||France|
 Both the United States and Colombia claim ownership, and both administer them seperately.
 This is an independent self-governing nation, but in a free association with New Zealand. New Zealand holds some control over external and defence matters.
 No permanent population.
 Hong Kong and Macau are ‘Special Administrative Regions’ administered by China. You will find lots of datasets on this website which include them as individual stand alone countries, due to a combination of having a history of being treated as such, their population sizes and their precieved status within the international community. Hong Kong was handed over to China by the United Kingdom in 1997, and Macau was handed over by Portugal in 1999 to China.
 This is an independent self-governing nation, but in a free association with the United States, which controls defence, social services, and funding grants.
 Hawaii is considered a state within the United States, and it may be inaccurate to call it an ‘overseas dependency’, but it is an overseas territory.