South Georgia Information
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Travel Information
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands are a British Overseas Territory, located in the southern Atlantic Ocean. The islands consist of the island of South Georgia (the largest island), and a separate group of islands that form the South Sandwich islands.
There is no native population on the islands, but a British Government office, a Deputy Postmaster, and staff from the British Antarctic Survey are based on South Georgia (at Bird Island, Grytviken and King Edward Point).
Argentina also claims sovereignty over the islands, and from 1976 to 1982 maintained a small military outpost on Thule Island in the South Sandwich Islands. South Georgia itself was the scene of fighting in the 1982 Falklands War. The personnel on the Argentine base on Thule Island were evicted, and the base subsequently demolished, in the immediate aftermath of the war.
Economic activity in the islands is limited, although the islands do earn revenue from the sale of fishing licenses, the sale of postage stamps (to collectors), and tourism. South Georgia in particular has become a common stop for cruise ships visiting the Antarctic.
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