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Bouvet Island


Bouvet Island

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.


Bouvet Island is an uninhabited 58.5 sq km volcanic, mostly inaccessible, island in the Southern Ocean, south-southwest of the Cape Town.

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Bouvet Island


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

Geographic coordinates

54 26 S, 3 24 E

Area comparative

about 0.3 times the size of Washington, DC


29.6 km




volcanic; coast is mostly inaccessible

Lowest point

South Atlantic Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Olav Peak 935 m

Natural resources




Internet country code


Ports and terminals

none; offshore anchorage only

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