Bouvet Island

Flag of Norway used by Bouvet Island

Scientists and a colony of penquins on Bouvet Island

 

 

 

Country Bouvet Island, a territory of Norway (Where is Bouvet Island?)
Continent Island in the south Atlantic Ocean, southwest of the Cape of Good Hope (Antarctic region)

(about 1600 miles S, SW of South Africa and 1100 miles N of Antarctica)

Considered the most remote island in the world

Capital None
Population Up to six people, usually scientists
Language Norwegian
Religion The religions of the six people performing research
Terrain Covered by glacial ice, most is volcanic and inaccessible
Sports Ice climbing, keeping warm.
Animals About 50,000 penguins (2 species) and 20,000 seabirds (10 species) breed here annually.

Seven types of arthropods live here.

Many seals (2 species) breed on this island.

Facts of Interest Norway has designated this island is a nature reserve

It has no permanent human inhabitants

Scientists study weather, volcanos, moss, lichens, and birds from this island.

Vegetation is limited to fungi

An automatic meteorological station is on the island.

Birdlife International, a conservation group, has named this island as an “Important Bird Area”.

Bouvet Island uses the Norwegian flag.

Concerns Industrialized and unregulated fishing is leading to decreased food supply for penguins and seabirds, as well as hungrier seals, both leading to a 4 to 5% annual decrease in penguin population and a larger decrease in seabird population every year since 1995.

Rising sea levels, glacier thinning and shrinking are all issues for the sub-antarctic region.

Mission None
Sources CIA.gov, birdlife.com (article on Bouvet Island by Onno Huyser)