interesting facts about the Falkland Islands

17 Fabulous Facts About Falkland Islands

Looking to boost your knowledge of the world? Make a start with these 17 interesting facts about the Falkland Islands!

  1. The Falkland Islands is an archipelago consisting of nearly 800 islands and happens to be a British overseas territory in the South Atlantic Ocean.
  2. After many years of controversy over the ownership of Falkland Islands, Britain and Argentina entered into a 74 day long war in 1982 which saw Argentina surrender after defeat.
  3. Its nearest neighbours are Uruguay to the north, St Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands to the east, Antartica to the south and Argentina to the west.
  4. Fancy spotting a few penguins, whales and dolphins or endemic birds and insects? Head for the coordinates of the Falkland Islands, which are 51.6833° S, 59.1667°
  5. The terrain here is mostly rocky and mountainous with some boggy, undulating plains. Grab your hiking boots and explore the wonderful scenery and wildlife this brilliant country has to offer!
  6. The total land area of Falkland Islands is 4,700 square miles (12,173 square kilometres).
  7. The Falkland Islands’ population was 3,361 in 2014. That’s around half the amount of people employed at Heathrow airport!
  8. Despite its tiny stature, Falkland Islands actually has its own 13 cell prison, so make sure you’re on your best behaviour!
  9. The capital is Port Stanley; it had a population of 2,121 in 2012 and also happens to be the only town in the Falkland Islands!
  10. The average life span here is 80 years.
  11. Falkland Islanders experience a polar tundra climate. It rains on around 250 days per year and with occasional snow falling almost all year round. Better pack your jacket!
  12. Did you know, there are around 165 times more sheep than people on the islands?
  13. Despite its proximity to Argentina, the official language of Falkland Islands is actually English.
  14. Although the Falkland Islands is a British overseas territory it has its own currency, the Falkland Islands Pound, which is linked to GBP at a rate of 1:1.
  15. Falkland Islands grows vegetables, rears sheep and cattle, catches fish and produces dairy products.
  16. Its industry consists of tourism, fish processing and wool processing.
  17. Falkland Islands also exports wool, hides, meat and fish.

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