Europe :: Jan Mayen
(territory of Norway)

Introduction ::Jan Mayen

    This desolate, arctic, 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 Beerenberg volcano, the northernmost active volcano on earth, resumed activity in 1970 and the most recent eruption occurred in 1985.

Geography ::Jan Mayen

People and Society ::Jan Mayen

    no indigenous inhabitants
    note: personnel operate the Long Range Navigation (Loran-C) base and the weather and coastal services radio station

Government ::Jan Mayen

    conventional long form: none
    conventional short form: Jan Mayen
    territory of Norway; since August 1994, administered from Oslo through the county governor (fylkesmann) of Nordland; however, authority has been delegated to a station commander of the Norwegian Defense Communication Service
    the laws of Norway, where applicable, apply
    the flag of Norway is used

Economy ::Jan Mayen

    Jan Mayen is a volcanic island with no exploitable natural resources, although surrounding waters contain substantial fish stocks and potential untapped petroleum resources. Economic activity is limited to providing services for employees of Norway's radio and meteorological stations on the island.

Communications ::Jan Mayen

    a coastal radio station has been remotely operated since 1994 (2008)

Transportation ::Jan Mayen