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Bouvet Island

(territory of Norway)

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Location: Southern Africa, island in the South Atlantic Ocean, south-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

Coastline: 29.6 km

Maritime claims
  territorial sea: 4 nm

Climate: antarctic

Terrain: volcanic; maximum elevation about 800 m; coast is mostly inaccessible

Elevation extremes
  lowest point: Southern Ocean 0 m
  highest point: unnamed location 780 m

Natural resources: none

Land use
  arable land: 0%
  permanent crops: 0%
  permanent pastures: 0%
  forests and woodland: 0%
  other: 100% (93% ice)

Irrigated land: 0 sq km (1993)

Natural hazards: NA

Environment - current issues: NA

Geography - note: covered by glacial ice; declared a nature reserve


Population: uninhabited (July 2000 est.)


Country name
  conventional long form: none
  conventional short form: Bouvet Island

Data code: BV

Dependency status: territory of Norway; administered by the Polar Department of the Ministry of Justice and Police from Oslo

Flag description: the flag of Norway is used


Economy - overview: no economic activity; declared a nature reserve


Communications - note: automatic meteorological station


Ports and harbors: none; offshore anchorage only


Military - note: defense is the responsibility of Norway

Transnational Issues

Disputes - international: none

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