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GEOGRAPHY


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

Area - Comparative:

 About 0.3 times the size of Washington, DC

Land Boundaries:

 0 km

Coastline:

 29.6 km (Rank: 191)

Maritime Claims:

 Territorial sea: 4 nm

Climate:

 Antarctic

Terrain:

 Volcanic; coast is mostly inaccessible

Elevation Extremes:

 Lowest point: South Atlantic Ocean 0 m
Highest point: Olav Peak 935 m

Land Use:

 Arable land: 0%
Permanent crops: 0%
Other: 100% (93% ice) (2005)

Irrigated Land:

 0 sq km

Geography - Note:

 Covered by glacial ice; declared a nature reserve by Norway

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PEOPLE AND SOCIETY


Population:

 Uninhabited

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GOVERNMENT


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 Oslo Police

Legal System:

 The laws of Norway, where applicable, apply

Flag Description:

 The flag of Norway is used

Affiliation:

 (territory of Norway)

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ECONOMY


Economy - Overview:

 No economic activity; declared a nature reserve

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COMMUNICATIONS


Internet Country Code:

 .bv

Internet Hosts:

 6 (2010)

Communications - Note:

 Automatic meteorological station

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TRANSPORTATION


Ports and Terminals:

 None; offshore anchorage only

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MILITARY


Military - Note:

 Defense is the responsibility of Norway

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Last Updated: December 2011

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