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Travel to Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

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Last Minute Tips Before you Travel to Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

  • Time Zone: GMT/UTC -4
  • Electricity: 240V, 50 Hz (bring an adapter/transformer for your hair drier, laptop, cellullar phone etc.)
  • Currency:Falkland Pound (F)
  • Country Dialing Code:500

Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

Location
Southern South America, islands in the South Atlantic Ocean, east of southern Argentina

Capital
Stanley

Population
2,967 (July 2005 est.)

Regions
none (overseas territory of the UK; also claimed by Argentina)

Climate
cold marine; strong westerly winds, cloudy, humid; rain occurs on more than half of days in year; average annual rainfall is 24 inches in Stanley; occasional snow all year, except in January and February, but does not accumulate

Ethnic groups
British

Religions
primarily Anglican, Roman Catholic, United Free Church, Evangelist Church, Jehovah's Witnesses, Lutheran, Seventh-Day Adventist

Languages
English

Government type
NA

Background
Although first sighted by an English navigator in 1592, the first landing (English) did not occur until almost a century later in 1690, and the first settlement (French) was not established until 1764. The colony was turned over to Spain two years later and the islands have since been the subject of a territorial dispute, first between Britain and Spain, then between Britain and Argentina. The UK asserted its claim to the islands by establishing a naval garrison there in 1833. Argentina invaded the islands on 2 April 1982. The British responded with an expeditionary force that landed seven weeks later and after fierce fighting forced Argentine surrender on 14 June 1982.

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