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Daman and Diu (Gujarati: દમણ અને દિવ, Marathi: दमण आणि दीव, Portuguese: Damão e Diu) is a union territory in Indiamarker.

For over 450 years, these coastal enclaves on the Arabian Seamarker coast were part of Portuguese Indiamarker, along with Goamarker and Dadra and Nagar Havelimarker. Goa, Daman, and Diu were incorporated into the Republic of India on December 19, 1961, by military conquest; Portugalmarker did not recognize the Indian annexation of these territories until 1974. Goa, Daman, and Diu were administered as part of a single union territory until 1987, when Goa was granted statehood, leaving Daman and Diu as a separate union territory; each enclave constitutes one of the union territory's two districts.

Gujarati and Marathi are the official and main languages. The use of Portuguese goes on declining because it is no longer official nor taught at school, though a number of elder people can still understand it, some even preferring it for discourse at home. In addition to standard Portuguese, there are two also shrinking Portuguese-based creole languages in Daman (known as Língua da Casa, "Home Language") and Diu (Língua dos Velhos, "Elders' Language"). English is increasingly accepted for official purposes.


It should be noted that Daman refers only to the city, which lies in the larger Daman Districtmarker.


Daman and Diu's gross state domestic product for 2004 is estimated at $156 million in current prices.

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External links


  1. The Goa, Daman and Diu Official Language Act, 1987
  2. Tourism of India: Daman and Diu
  3. Daman & Diu

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