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Ceuta (UK: /ˈsjtə/, US: /ˈstə/,[5][6] Spanish: [ˈsewta]; Arabic: سَبْتَة, romanized: Sabtah) is a Spanish autonomous city on the north coast of Africa.

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"Siempre Noble, Leal y Fidelísima Ciudad de Ceuta"[1]
"Always Noble, Loyal and the Most Faithful City of Ceuta"
Anthem: Ceuta, mi ciudad querida [es]
"Ceuta, my beloved city"
Map of Ceuta
Location of Ceuta within Spain
Coordinates: 35°53′18″N 5°18′56″W
CountryFlag_of_Spain.svg Spain
First settled1st millennium BC
End of Muslim rule14 August 1415
Ceded to Spain/Iberian Union4 August 1578
Autonomy status14 March 1995
Founded byCarthaginians
  TypeAutonomous city
  BodyCouncil of Government
  Mayor-PresidentJuan Jesús Vivas (PP)
  Total18.5 km2 (7.1 sq mi)
  Land18.5 km2 (7.1 sq mi)
10 m (30 ft)
Highest elevation
349 m (1,145 ft)
  Density4,600/km2 (12,000/sq mi)
ceutí (es)
caballa ("Atlantic mackerel", colloquial)[3][4]
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 code
Postal code
Official languageSpanish
ParliamentAssembly of Ceuta
Congress1 deputy (out of 350)
Senate2 senators (out of 264)
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Bordered by Morocco, it lies along the boundary between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of several Spanish territories in Africa and, along with Melilla and the Canary Islands, one of only a few that are permanently inhabited by a civilian population. It was a regular municipality belonging to the province of Cádiz prior to the passing of its Statute of Autonomy in March 1995, henceforth becoming an autonomous city.

Ceuta, like Melilla and the Canary Islands, was classified as a free port before Spain joined the European Union.[7] Its population consists mainly of Christians and Muslims. There is also a small minority of Sephardic Jews and Sindhi Hindus, the latter of whom originate from current-day Pakistan.[8]

Spanish is the only official language, but Darija Arabic is prominent as well.