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Falkland Islands

 
The Falkland Islands comprise two main islands, East Falkland and West Falkland, and about 776 small islands.
 


 
 

The Falkland Islands are located 480 km. from the coast of Argentina. The islands are a self-governing Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom. The two main islands, East Falkland and West Falkland make up most of the total land of around 12,000 sq.km. The total population is about 3,000, most of the population live on East Falkland, where the capital, Stanley is located. Stanley has a population of around 2,100.

The Falkland Islands are home to a great variety of marine life, from five different species of penguins to whales and sea birds that hover around Stanley harbour. Tourists go to the Falkland Islands not only because of the numerous flora and fauna found here, but also for fishing, and you can even play golf at Stanley Golf Courselocated to the west of Stanley. It is an 18 course with a club house.

The Falkland Islands have two airports with paved runways. The main international airport is RAF Mount Pleasant, 37 kilometers west of Stanley. Weekly flights are available to and from Santiago in Chile. There are also flights to England, operated by the Royal Airforce.

The island's climate is temperate, with frequent high winds. Maximum temperatures rarely reach 24C. Snow is rare, but can occur at almost any time of the year. Humidity and winds are constantly high.
 

 

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