Bouvet Island

In 1988, when the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) began managing top-level domains, rather than getting into the messy business of deciding what is and what is not a country, it simply pulled the list from ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 and assigned a country-level TLD to all the entries. In this way Bouvet Island ended up with .bv domain in August 1997.

Bouvet Island is a part of Norway but enjoys a similar geopolitical status, and thus has its own country code—BV.

In 2012, Norid, the Norwegian registrar that manages the .bv domain, toyed with the idea of releasing the domain in the Dutch market, where BV is the common abbreviation used to mean “limited company” just like “Ltd” in used in English-speaking country. Many Dutch businesses, it was thought, would love to own a vanity domain that ended in .bv. But the Norwegian Communications Authority vetoed the idea.

Now you know.

2 comments for “Bouvet Island

  1. October 10, 2019 at 19:35

    Uninhabited, eh?

    So, any passing boat in a year or so (no names, JH) could stop by, hoist a flag and take it over. I can’t see Norway mounting a long-range expeditionary force ala Falklands, can you?

    Mind you they could send a few gunboats up your canal and lay siege to someone’s flat.

    • October 10, 2019 at 20:03

      It’s location is exactly where the howling winds and huge swells are. Who’d want it?

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