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Jan Mayen

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Areatotal: 373 sq km
water: 0 sq km
land: 373 sq km
Populationno indigenous inhabitants
note: personnel operate the Long Range Navigation (Loran-C) base and the weather and coastal services radio station (July 2002 est.)
Language
Religion

This desolate, mountainous island was named after a Dutch whaling captain who indisputably discovered it in 1614 (earlier claims are inconclusive). Visited only occasionally by seal hunters and trappers over the following centuries, the island came under Norwegian sovereignty in 1929. The long dormant Haakon VII Toppen/Beerenberg volcano resumed activity in 1970; it is the northernmost active volcano on earth.


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Jan Mayen

Geography

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Map of Jan Mayen
Location 
Northern Europe, island between the Greenland Sea and the Norwegian Sea, northeast of Iceland
Geographic coordinates 
71 00 N, 8 00 W
Map references 
Arctic Region
Area 
total: 373 sq km
water: 0 sq km
land: 373 sq km
Area - comparative 
slightly more than twice the size of Washington, DC
Land boundaries 
0 km
Coastline 
124.1 km
Maritime claims 
contiguous zone: 10 NM
continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
territorial sea: 4 NM
exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
Climate 
arctic maritime with frequent storms and persistent fog
Terrain 
volcanic island, partly covered by glaciers
Elevation extremes 
lowest point: Norwegian Sea 0 m
highest point: Haakon VII Toppen/Beerenberg 2,277 m
Natural resources 
none
Land use 
arable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
other: 100% (1998 est.)
Irrigated land 
0 sq km (1998 est.)
Natural hazards 
dominated by the volcano Haakon VII Toppen/Beerenberg; volcanic activity resumed in 1970
Environment - current issues 
NA
Geography - note 
barren volcanic island with some moss and grass
Jan Mayen

People

Population 
no indigenous inhabitants
note: personnel operate the Long Range Navigation (Loran-C) base and the weather and coastal services radio station (July 2002 est.)
Jan Mayen

Government

Country name 
conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Jan Mayen
Dependency status 
territory of Norway; administered from Oslo through a governor (sysselmann) resident in Longyearbyen (Svalbard); however, authority has been delegated to a station commander of the Norwegian Defense Communication Service
Legal system 
the laws of Norway, where applicable, apply
Flag description 
the flag of Norway is used
Jan Mayen

Economy

Economy - overview 
Jan Mayen is a volcanic island with no exploitable natural resources. Economic activity is limited to providing services for employees of Norway's radio and meteorological stations located on the island.
Jan Mayen

Communications

Radio broadcast stations 
AM NA, FM NA, shortwave NA
note: there is one radio and meteorological station (1998)
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) 
13 (Jan Mayen and Svalbard) (2000)
Jan Mayen

Transportation

Waterways 
none
Ports and harbors 
none; offshore anchorage only
Airports 
1 (2001)
Airports - with unpaved runways 
total: 1
1,524 to 2,437 m: 1 (2002)
Jan Mayen

Military

Military - note 
defense is the responsibility of Norway
Jan Mayen

Transnational Issues

Disputes - international 
none

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