Falkland Islands

Quick Facts

Region: Antarctica

Population:
3,140

Religion:

There are three churches on the islands – a Church of England, a Catholic Church and an evangelical church.

Language:

English is the major language spoken on the islands.

Area (sq. km):
12,173 square meters

Time:

The Falkland Islands are GMT – 4 hours (FI winter) and GMT - 3 hours (FI summer).

When To Travel

The climate is generally cool but pleasant. Summer temperatures average about 10ºC and in mid winter, about 5ºC. There is little rainfall and snow but it can be quite windy at times.

The best time for seeing wildlife at the Falkland Islands is between October and February.

Useful Travel Facts

Airports:

Visitors from the EEC, USA, Australia, Canada, Cyprus, New Zealand or South Africa do not need visas. Please check with the relevant embassy or consulate in your country for up-to-date visa information.

Telephone:

The island has good communications via satellite phones.

Electricity:

The standard UK 240V 50Hz system. 13 amp square pin plugs are the main type of plug used.

Transport:

The islands have a limited road network.

Shopping:

Stanley has two supermarkets and numerous smaller shops. Local crafts include knitwear using Falklands wool, paintings by local artists, wooden sculptures, felt and jewellery made from the semi-translucent Falkland pebbles and Diddle Dee jam.

Visa: Visitors from the EEC, USA, Australia, Canada, Cyprus, New Zealand or South Africa do not need Visas. Check with the relevant Embassy or Consulate in their country for up to date visa information.

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Further Reading

The Falklands War 1982 (Essential Histories) - Duncan Anderson Penguin summer: An adventure with the birds of the Falkland Islands - Eleanor Rice Pettingill