Falkland Islands

SHORT INFORMATION

Port Stanley is the capital of the Falkland Islands

Stanley (also known as Port Stanley) is the capital of the Falkland Islands. It is located on the island of East Falkland, on a north-facing slope in one of the wettest parts of the islands. At the 2012 census, the town had a population of 2,121. The entire population of the Falkland Island was 2,841 on Census Day on 15 April 2012.

SHORT INFORMATION

Geography of Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands are located in the South Atlantic Ocean on a projection of the Patagonian continental shelf about 250 nautical miles (288 mi; 463 km) from the Patagonia coastline and slightly to the north of the southerly tip of Cape Horn and of its undersea extension, the Scotia Arc. In ancient geological time this shelf was part of Gondwana, which around 400 million years ago broke from what is now Africa and drifted westwards relative to Africa.

HOLIDAYS AND TRADITIONS

Festivals and Events in Falkland Islands

All Government Offices other than those providing essential services are closed from 25 December to 1 January inclusive each year. Margaret Thatcher Day is on January 10, but is not a Public or Government Holiday. Falkland Day is on August 14, but is not a Public or Government Holiday.