About Bouvet Island [ Dependency ]
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Island in the South Atlantic Ocean, southwest of the Cape of Good Hope (South Africa)
Volcanic; coast is mostly inaccessible
lowest point: South Atlantic Ocean 0 m highest point: Olav Peak 935 m
Covered by glacial ice; declared a nature reserve by Norway
Approved Official Names
conventional long form: none conventional short form: Bouvet Island
The laws of Norway where applicable apply
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.
No economic activity; declared a nature reserve
total: 49 sq km land: 49 sq km water: 0 sq km
Territory of Norway; administered by the Polar Department of the Ministry of Justice and Oslo Police
Internet Country Code
Ports & Terminals
none; offshore anchorage only