Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) travel | Antarctica

The Falkland Islands are a well-liked addition to many Antarctic voyages, however they’re effectively price seeing on their very own for his or her spectacular penguin, seal and albatross populations. Surrounded by the South Atlantic, the islands lie 490km east of Patagonia. Two predominant islands, East Falkland and West Falkland, and greater than 700 smaller ones cowl 12,173 sq km. Alternately settled and claimed by France, Spain, Britain and Argentina, the Falklands (often called the Islas Malvinas in Argentina) have been an abroad territory of the UK since 1833, a standing the Argentines have fought and nonetheless contest.

About 60% of Falklanders are native born, some tracing their ancestry again six or extra generations. Today greater than 80% of the 2900 Falklanders (typically known as ‘Kelpers’) dwell in Stanley, and about 1200 British army dwell at Mt Pleasant base. The remainder of the islanders dwell in ‘Camp,’ the identify given to the entire Falklands exterior Stanley.

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