First time here? Questions? Talk to members and volunteers right now! The Hospitality Club
...bringing people together!
Estonian  English  German  Spanish  French
Finnish  Italian  Lithuanian  Dutch  Polish
Brazilian  Portugese  Russian  Turkish  Ukrainian 
Sign up!

Basic Facts

Help File
Official Country Name: Antarctica
Capital: None
Population: Approx. 4000 summer, 1000 winter distributed throughout 38 research stations, numerous field camps, and several research vessels. The largest station is the USA's McMurdo Station on Ross Island, with a summer population of over 1,000.
Telephone Code: 672; via satellite (mobile Inmarsat and Iridium system) from some research stations Time Zone: varies station to station, most use home country's time. McMurdo is on New Zealand time (GMT+12) Area: 14 million sq km (280,000 sq km ice-free, 13.72 million sq km ice-covered)
Language(s): Varies by station
Ethnic Groups: Varies by station
Highest Mountain: Vinson Massif 4,897 m
President/Head of State: none
Government: Antarctica is governed by the Antarctic Treaty Antarctic Treaty Summary - the Antarctic Treaty, signed on 1 December 1959 and entered into force on 23 June 1961, establishes the legal framework for the management of Antarctica; the 27th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting was held in Cape Town, South Africa in May-June 2004; at these periodic meetings, decisions are made by consensus (not by vote) of all consultative member nations; at the end of 2003, there were 45 treaty member nations: 28 consultative and 17 non-consultative; consultative (decision-making) members include the seven nations that claim portions of Antarctica as national territory (some claims overlap) and 21 non-claimant nations; the US and Russia have reserved the right to make claims; the US does not recognize the claims of others; Antarctica is administered through meetings of the consultative member nations; decisions from these meetings are carried out by these member nations (with respect to their own nationals and operations) in accordance with their own national laws.
Currency: Varies by station
Health Risks: Frostbite, dehydration, altitude sickness, high winds.
Electricity: Varies by station
Weights & Measures: Varies by station
Country Name in other languages: Antarctis

Edited bybassdrumben on 15.01.2006

Change language: Deutsch - Eesti - English - Español - Français - Italiano - Lietuviškai - Nederlands - Polski - Português - Português (bra) - Русский - Suomi - Türkçe - Українська

Sign up - Contact - Countries - Disclaimer

Copyright © 2000-2012 The Hospitality Club. All rights reserved.