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If you lived in Bouvet Island instead of United States, you would:

Geography

see 99.9% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Bouvet Island, that number is 30 km.

Learn more about Bouvet Island

Bouvet Island is a sovereign country in Antarctica, with a total land area of approximately 49 sq km. This uninhabited, volcanic, Antarctic island is almost entirely covered by glaciers making it difficult to approach; it is recognized as the most remote island on Earth. Bouvet Island was discovered in 1739 by a French naval officer after whom it is 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, Norway has run an automated meteorological station and studied foraging strategies and distribution of fur seals and penguins on the island.

How big is Bouvet Island compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.