An island or isle is any piece of sub-continental land that is surrounded by water.
There are two main types of islands in the sea: continental islands and oceanic islands. There are also artificial islands. Very small islands such as emergent land features on atolls can be called islets. A grouping of geographically or geologically related islands is called an archipelago, for instance the Philippines. An island may be described as such despite the presence of an artificial land bridge, for example Singapore and its causeway. Some places may even retain "island" in their names for historical reasons after being connected to a larger landmass by a wide land bridge, such as Coney Island and Coronado Island, though these are strictly tied islands. Conversely, when a piece of land is separated from the mainland by a man-made canal, for example the Peloponnese by the Corinth Canal, it is generally not considered an island. This is an automatic compilation of DW content pertaining to "island".
A cultural heritage project on the divided island of Cyprus is proving that history can be a unifying force. A group of Greek and Turkish Cypriots are restoring historic buildings on the island in a rare sign of cooperation between the two communities. They've just finished work on an ancient mosque in Famagusta. And as Nathan Morley reports, the project is receiving widespread praise.
Singapore has been organizing a series of events marking the 200th anniversary of the arrival of Stamford Raffles on the island. But not everyone is happy to see a British colonizer being remembered with such fondness.
It’s the symbol of American perfection, democracy and the most free country in the world. In 2016, 4.5 million visitors made the trip to Liberty Island at the gates of New York City. Historian Barry Moreno explains why the island is attracting so many people around the world.
If you've ever been to Haiti, you'll have come across their national drink: Clairin. A rum made from pure sugar cane, it's produced all over the island by artisanal producers, some so tiny they only make enough for family and close friends. Dany Mitzman met one of them while he was in Italy promoting the drink they've dubbed "the spirit of Haiti."