Who Owns the Island of Gavdos?

Updated February 23, 2017 | Factmonster Staff

The Question:

The Island of Gavdos belongs to what country?

The Answer:

The Island of Gavdos belongs to Greece.

Situated 22 miles south of Crete in the Lybian Sea, Gavdos is the southernmost border of Greece and, consequently, Europe. On this map of Greece you can just barely make out the tiny island at the bottom, above the first "r" in "Mediterranean Sea."

Although year-round inhabitants of the island don't total more than 40, the island does see an influx of tourists each summer.

Islanders claim that their island is the Island of Ogygia where the sea nymph Calypso detained Odysseus for seven years in Homer's epic The Odyssey.

-The Fact Monster

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