Bouvet Island Population:


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This uninhabited, volcanic, Antarctic island is almost entirely covered by glaciers making it difficult to approach; it is recognized as the most remote island on Earth. Bouvet Island was discovered in 1739 by a French naval officer after whom it is 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, Norway designated Bouvet Island and the adjacent territorial waters a nature reserve. Since 1977, Norway has run an automated meteorological station and studied foraging strategies and distribution of fur seals and penguins on the island. In February 2006, an earthquake weakened the station's foundation causing it to be blown out to sea in a winter storm. Norway erected a new research station in 2014 that can hold six people for periods of two to four months.

Covered by glacial ice; declared a nature reserve by Norway
Location: island in the South Atlantic Ocean, southwest of the Cape of Good Hope (South Africa)
Geographic coordinates: 54 26 S, 3 24 E
Area: total: 49 sq km
land: 49 sq km
water: 0 sq km

Size comparison: 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; coast is mostly inaccessible
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Natural resources: none
Land use: agricultural land: 0% arable land 0%; permanent crops 0%; permanent pasture 0% forest: 0%
other: 100% (93% ice) (2011 est.)
Natural hazards: NA
Current Environment Issues: NA
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Population: uninhabited
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Country name: conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Bouvet Island
etymology: named after the French naval officer Jean-Baptiste Charles BOUVET who discovered the island in 1739
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Legal system: the laws of Norway, where applicable, apply
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No economic activity; declared a nature reserve
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Internet country code: .bv
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Ports and terminals: none; offshore anchorage only
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Defense is the responsibility of Norway
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 Transnational Issues
Disputes - International: none
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   Source: CIA - The World Factbook

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