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 Bouvet Island
Area 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
Background 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.
Climate antarctic
Coastline 29.6 km
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
Disputes - international none
Economy - overview no economic activity; declared a nature reserve
Elevation extremes lowest point: South Atlantic Ocean 0 m

highest point: Olav Peak 935 m
Environment - current issues NA
Flag description the flag of Norway is used
Geographic coordinates 54 26 S, 3 24 E
Geography - note covered by glacial ice; declared a nature reserve
Irrigated land 0 sq km (1998 est.)
Land boundaries 0 km
Land use arable land: 0%

permanent crops: 0%

other: 100% (93% ice) (1998 est.)
Legal system the laws of Norway, where applicable, apply
Location Southern Africa, island in the South Atlantic Ocean, south-southwest of the Cape of Good Hope (South Africa)
Map references Antarctic Region
Maritime claims territorial sea: 4 NM
Military - note defense is the responsibility of Norway
Natural hazards NA
Natural resources none
Population uninhabited (July 2002 est.)
Ports and harbors none; offshore anchorage only
Terrain volcanic; coast is mostly inaccessible
Waterways none
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