About Bouvet Island [ Dependency ]

Here we've distilled information and facts from various sources about the location, size, population, geography, transport, climate, economy, history, government, law, and so on, of Bouvet Island; into a view that makes sense for a traveller to, or within, this dependency.

Location

Island in the South Atlantic Ocean, southwest of the Cape of Good Hope (South Africa)

Climate

Antarctic

Terrain

Volcanic; coast is mostly inaccessible

Elevation

lowest point: South Atlantic Ocean 0 m
highest point: Olav Peak 935 m

Geo Notes

Covered by glacial ice; declared a nature reserve by Norway

Approved Official Names

conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Bouvet Island

Natuaral Hazards

NA

Environmental Issues

NA

Legal System

The laws of Norway where applicable apply

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, Norway designated Bouvet Island and the adjacent territorial waters a nature reserve. Since 1977, it has run an automated meteorological station on the island.

Economy Overview

No economic activity; declared a nature reserve

Bouvet Island location map
Size

total: 49 sq km
land: 49 sq km
water: 0 sq km

Bouvet Island flag
Population

uninhabited

Dependency Of

Territory of Norway; administered by the Polar Department of the Ministry of Justice and Oslo Police

Internet Hosts

6 (2010)

Internet Country Code

.bv

Ports & Terminals

none; offshore anchorage only