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Svalbard not green on Statistic Page Map

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1. Posted by katebum (Budding Member 100 posts) 44w

Hi Peter,

I just realized that Svalbard is not "green" in Map of Statistic page but present in my list of countries visited.

Just to let you know! ;)

2. Posted by Mattfozz27 (Budding Member 49 posts) 44w

svalbard, not jealous....honestly, haha

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 5915 posts) 44w

Thanks, fixed that up.

99 countries ... just one more for the round 100! :)

4. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 767 posts) 44w

Interesting that Svalbad appears as a separate country ... A Google search comes up with this ' Politics. The Svalbard Treaty of 1920 established full Norwegian sovereignty over the archipelago. The islands are, unlike the Norwegian Antarctic Territory, a part of the Kingdom of Norway and not a dependency.'

Also interesting that it is not a pat of Schengen ... this also from Google 'Many tourists do not know that Spitsbergen (Svalbard) is, opposed to mainland Norway, not part of the Schengen treaty system. Accordingly, if you need a visa to visit the Schengen area, then you will also need a visa to fly from Longyearbyen to Norway, even if you are just on a return journey from a shorter trip'


5. Posted by Peter (Admin 5915 posts) 44w

I think it's more like Sint Maarten and the other Dutch islands in the Caribbean.

6. Posted by katebum (Budding Member 100 posts) 44w

Peter! Thanks again for fixing this! Great work!

Yes Svalbard is very interesting and very special...

Yes one more to go for 100... I hope in 3 weeks I can manage it... for May I have Rwanda, Uganda, Maldives and Japan on my list, so hopefully I can finish May with 103 :)

7. Posted by Andyf (Moderator 713 posts) 44w

The sovereignty settlement for Svalbard (which had been settled by mining companies from various countries) ended up giving sovereignty to Norway but nationals of some other countries (chiefly Russia) have visa free access. This may be of use to travellers, although it was intended to give work access to miners. :-)

Great place. Had a few days there a couple of years ago. Highly recommended if you like weird travel!