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Introduction Bouvet Island  
This uninhabited volcanic island is almost entirely covered by glaciers and is difficult to approach. It was discovered in 1739 by a French naval officer after whom the island was named. No claim was made until 1825, when the British flag was raised. In 1928, the UK waived its claim in favor of Norway, which had occupied the island the previous year. In 1971, Bouvet Island and the adjacent territorial waters were designated a nature reserve. Since 1977, Norway has run an automated meteorological station on the island.
Geography Bouvet Island  
island in the South Atlantic Ocean, southwest of the Cape of Good Hope (South Africa)
Geographic coordinates:
54 26 S, 3 24 E
Map references:
Antarctic Region
total: 58.5 sq km
land: 58.5 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Area - comparative:
about 0.3 times the size of Washington, DC
Land boundaries:
0 km
29.6 km
Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 4 nm
volcanic; coast is mostly inaccessible
Elevation extremes:
lowest point: South Atlantic Ocean 0 m
highest point: Olav Peak 935 m
Natural resources:
Land use:
arable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 100% (93% ice) (2001)
Irrigated land:
0 sq km (1998 est.)
Natural hazards:
Environment - current issues:
Geography - note:
covered by glacial ice; declared a nature reserve
People Bouvet Island  
uninhabited (July 2005 est.)
Government Bouvet Island  
Country name:
conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Bouvet Island
Dependency status:
territory of Norway; administered by the Polar Department of the Ministry of Justice and Police from Oslo
Legal system:
the laws of Norway, where applicable, apply
Flag description:
the flag of Norway is used
Economy Bouvet Island  
Economy - overview:
no economic activity; declared a nature reserve
Communications Bouvet Island  
Internet country code:
Communications - note:
automatic meteorological station
Transportation Bouvet Island  
Ports and harbors:
none; offshore anchorage only
Military Bouvet Island  
Military - note:
defense is the responsibility of Norway
Transnational Issues Bouvet Island  
Disputes - international:

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