Falkland Islands Information
Falkland Islands Travel Information
The Falkland Islands is a British Overseas Territory located in in the southern Atlantic, off the coast of South America. The territory consists of two main islands (East and West Falkland) as well as several hundred smaller islands. Although, the islands have been administered as British territory since 1833 (except for a 6 week period in 1982), Argentina also has a rival claim to sovereignty over the islands (as well a claim to South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands), and this dispute led to the 1982 Falklands War.
As of 2008, the population of the islands was estimated to be just over 3,000. The capital and largest settlement on the islands is Stanley, which is home to over 2,000 of the island's inhabitants.
The island's economy is principally based around farming, and the sale of fishing licenses. The tourism industry is now growing rapidly (with some cruise ships stopping at the islands), and oil exploration is ongoing in the area. Additionally, expenditures from the British military garrison have made a significant contribution to the economy since 1982 (the size of the garrison having been significantly increased in the wake of the Falklands War).
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