Dependencies of Norway
Norwegian Antarctic territories

Norway has three dependent territories within the Antarctic and Subantarctic. These consist of Queen Maud Land (Norwegian: Dronning Maud Land) on Antarctica and Peter I Island (Norwegian: Peter I øy), which both are subject to the Antarctic Treaty System; and the Subantarctic Bouvet Island. All three dependencies are administrated by the Polar Affairs Department of the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and the Police located in Oslo.

History

  • On 14 December 1911 five Norwegians, under the leadership of Roald Amundsen, were the first to reach the South Pole.
  • Bouvet Island was claimed in 1927 (formally in 1930; in 1935 the island was declared a nature reserve for seals).
  • Peter I Island was claimed in 1929 (formally in 1931).
  • Queen Maud Land (45°E to 20°E) was formally claimed as a Norwegian possession on 14 January 1938.

See also

  • List of possessions of Norway
  • Administrative divisions of Norway

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