[Country map of Clipperton Island]

Clipperton Island

(possession of France)


Location: Middle America, atoll in the North Pacific Ocean, southwest of Mexico

Map references: World

total area: 7 sq km
land area: 7 sq km
comparative area: about 12 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

Land boundaries: 0 km

Coastline: 11.1 km

Maritime claims:
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
territorial sea: 12 nm

International disputes: claimed by Mexico

Climate: tropical

Terrain: coral atoll

Natural resources: none

Land use:
arable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
meadows and pastures: 0%
forest and woodland: 0%
other: 100% (all coral)

Irrigated land: 0 sq km

current issues: NA
natural hazards: NA
international agreements: NA

Note: reef about 8 km in circumference


Population: uninhabited


conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Clipperton Island
local long form: none
local short form: Ile Clipperton
former: sometimes called Ile de la Passion

Digraph: IP

Type: French possession administered by France from French Polynesia by High Commissioner of the Republic

Capital: none; administered by France from French Polynesia

Independence: none (possession of France)


Overview: The only economic activity is a tuna fishing station.


Ports: none; offshore anchorage only

Defense Forces

Note: defense is the responsibility of France