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Bouvet Island (Norway)

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Just for the record, the Norwegian dependencies in the Antarctic are Bouvet Island, Peter I Island and Queen Maud Land in the Antarctic. The national flag of Norway is the appropriate flag for them.

Jan Oskar Engene, 1995-NOV-19


Norway claims a slice of the Antarctic continent which runs from approximately 20 degrees west to 50 degrees east of the Greenwich meridian and contains the area known as Queen Maud Land. Much of this area is also claimed by South Africa.

James Dignan, 1995-NOV-21

South Africa does not lay claim to any Antarctic territory, and in fact took over a Norwegian base (with Norway's blessing) as its original base on the Antarctic ice shelf.

South Africa's presence in the Antarctic is strictly in terms of the Antarctic Treaty, and involves no territorial claims to the continent whatever.

The present SANAE (South African National Antarctic Expedition) base is the third it has built there. Unlike its predecessors, this one is not on the ice shelf, but stands on rock and is likely to be more enduring.

Mike Oettle, 6 April 2003