The Falkland Islands covers a total area of 12,173 sq.km (4,700 sq mi), and are an overseas territory of the United Kingdom in South Atlantic Ocean. As observed on the physical map above, The Falkland Islands are an archipelago comprised of two large islands (East Falkland and West Falkland) and several hundred smaller ones, that are ringed by a rugged coastline, and for the most part are hilly, rocky and covered with low shrubs and coarse grass. The two large islands are separated by Falkland Sound.
Hills and low mountains cover the central areas of both large islands, including the Wickham Heights and Hornsby ranges. The archipelago's highest point, as marked on the map by an upright yellow triangle on the map is Mount Usborne at 2,312ft (705m) housed on East Falkland. The lowest point is the Atlantic Ocean. Shallow streams, ponds and tiny lakes cover a very small percentage of the land, while the drowned river valleys form protected natural harbors along the islands coast.
Covering a total land area of 12,000 sq. km, the Falkland Islands are an isolated and sparsely populated overseas territory of the United Kingdom. Falkland Islands are an archipelago comprising of two large islands - East Falkland and West Falkland, as well as 776 smaller islands and islets. Falkland Islands have no administrative divisions.
Located on the island of East Falkland is Stanley (also, Port Stanley) is the capital of Falkland Islands. It is the main cultural and shopping center of the island country. It is also the island's chief port.
Falkland Islands are an archipelago and an overseas territory of the United Kingdom located to the southwest Atlantic Ocean at the southern-most point of South America. The islands are positioned both in the southern and western hemispheres of the Earth. Falkland Islands are situated about 300 miles (483km) to the east of the Argentina coastline.
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|Legal Name||Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)|
|51 42 S, 57 51 W|
|Independence||none (overseas territory of the UK; also claimed by Argentina)|
|Total Area||12,173.00 km2|
|Land Area||12,173.00 km2|
|Water Area||0.00 km2|
|Total Border||0.0 km|
|Climate||Cold marine; strong westerly winds, cloudy, humid; rain occurs on more than half of days in year; average annual rainfall is 60 cm in stanley; occasional snow all year, except in january and february, but typically does not accumulate|
|Coordinates||51 45 S, 59 00 W|
|Mean Elevation||0 m|
|Lowest Elevation||0 m|
|Highest Elevation||705 m|
|Ethnic Groups||Falkland Islander 48.3%, British 23.1%, St. Helenian 7.5%, Chilean 4.6%, mixed 6%, other 8.5%, unspecified 2% (2016 est.)|
|Languages||English 89%, Spanish 7.7%, other 3.3% (2006 est.)|
|Religions||Christian 57.1%, other 1.6%, none 35.4%, unspecified 6% (2016 est.)|
|Currency||Falkland pounds (FKP)|
|Exports||Wool, hides, meat, venison, fish, squid|
This page was last updated on November 10, 2020