According to Wikipedia the first newsworthy event of 2008 was that Cyprus, Malta and the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia adopted the euro. The sovereign what of where?
Even a geographer like me was unaware of such places. When Cyprus was granted independence by the British Empire in 1960, the Brits insisted on holding on to these military bases. However, unlike the mother country they have decided to adopt the euro as a matter of practicality given that they are on an island where euros are now the currency. Above is a map of Cyprus showing the location of these two areas and below are detailed maps of the areas - all legally stolen from the CIA and wikipedia.
1 year ago