Knowledge Corner

Daman and Diu is a coastal union territory in India, which was once a part of the Portuguese empire neighbouring Goa.


For over 450 years, the coastal enclaves of Daman (Portuguese: Damão) and Diu on the Arabian Sea coast were part of Portuguese India, along with Goa andDadra and Nagar Haveli. Goa, Daman and Diu were incorporated into the Republic of India on December 19, 1961, by military conquest. Portugal did not recognise the Indian annexation of these territories until 1974.

The territory of “Goa, Daman and Diu” was administered as 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. Daman and Diu are approximately 650 kilometres away from each other by road.


According to the 2011 census, the lowest female to male ratio in India (618 females per thousand males) was recorded in Daman and Diu. The Daman district, with a female to male ratio of .533, is among the lowest of all the districts in India.


Gujarati (as spoken by the native Damaniya people), Marathi (dominating neighbouring Maharashtra), English (not a colonial raj import here) and Hindi are the official languages used in the territory. English is increasingly accepted for official purposes. Warli and Agri, dialects of Konkani, are also used.

Skill Test

1. How many districts are there under damn and Diu?

2. Who is the chief administrator of Daman & Diu?

3. Which language among the following is spoken in Daman & Diu?

4. Which state or union territory in India has the lowest sex ration according to the Census of 2011?

5. Which is the capital of the territory of Daman and Diu?

6. Which among the following is a tribe of Daman & Diu?

7. Which of the following river flows through Daman & Diu?

8. Which among the following is a temple located in Daman and Diu?

9. What is the total area of Damn and Diu?

10. When was the union territory of Daman & Diu established?