The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world's oceanic divisions, covering 70,560,000 km² (approximately 20% of the water on the Earth's surface). It is bounded by Asia on the north, on the west by Africa, on the east by Australia and on the south by the Southern Ocean or, depending on definition, by Antarctica. It is named after India.
- Madagascar - Islands off the southeast coast of Africa, ruled since 1960 by the Repoblikan'i Madagasikara
- Mauritius - Islands in the southwest Indian Ocean, ruled since 1992 by the Republic of Mauritius
- Seychelles - Archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, ruled since 1976 by Repiblik Sesel
- Sri Lanka - Island in the Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of India, ruled since 1972 by the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Indian Ocean" as of 08 Nov 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.