Destination Information for Falkland Islands
The remote South Atlantic archipelago of the Falkland Islands is a British Overseas Territory. The islands are made up of two main islands and several hundred smaller ones, and were the site of a major conflict between the United Kingdom and Argentina, when Argentina laid claim to the Falkland Islands in 1982, even though they have been under British control since 1833.
Today, the Falklands are known for a rural lifestyle – the economy of the islands relies mainly on agriculture and fishing – and spectacular wildlife watching opportunities. Conservation is a priority on the islands, with birds and marine wildlife being most prevalent. The capital, Stanley, is on the East Island, which is also the largest.
The population of the entire Falkland Islands is around 3,000 - about the same as an average village in the UK. Most residents are based in Stanley, with a few living in other small settlements and farms around the islands, as well as British military living at Mount Pleasant Base.
Accommodation options include guesthouses and bed and breakfasts, as well as a number of hotels and campsites. The Falkland Islands make an unusual and intriguing holiday choice, perfect for those who want to escape commercial resorts and simply see an unpretentious and untouched rural landscape at its most natural.
Malaria and regions within country:
Malaria is not normally present in the Falkland Islands.