Heard and McDonald Islands

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Country overview: 

ISO codeHM
LanguageEnglish (en)
Time zone+5


These isolated islands were British possessions until 1947-12-26, when they were transferred to Australian control. They are now an Australian external territory. They are only visited by research expeditions.

Other names of country: 

  1. Dutch: Heard en McDonald
  2. English: Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands (formal), Heard Island and McDonald Islands (variant)
  3. French: Īles fp Heard et MacDonald, Īle f Heard et Īles fp Mcdonald
  4. German: Heard- und McDonaldinseln
  5. Italian: Isole fp Heard e Macdonald
  6. Spanish: Islas fp Heard y McDonald
  7. Turkish: Heard Adası ve McDonald Adaları

Origin of name: 

Heard Island was named in 1853 for an American, Captain John J. Heard.

Primary subdivisions: 

Heard and McDonald Islands has no known administrative divisions.

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Territorial extent: 

The territory includes Heard Island, Shag Island, and the McDonald Islands (Flat Island and McDonald Island).

The UN LOCODE page  for Heard and McDonald Islands lists locations in the country, some of them with their latitudes and longitudes, some with their ISO 3166-2 codes for their subdivisions. This information can be put together to approximate the territorial extent of subdivisions.

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