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Falkland Islands

The Argentine name for the Falkland Islands, Islas Malvinas, is from the French word Malouins, the name for inhabitants of the French city ot St. Malo who attempted to establish a colony in 1764.

map of the Falkland Islandslocation of the Falkland IslandsLocation off the southern coast of Argentina

Total Area 4,700 sq mi (12,173 sq mi)
Highest Point
Mount Usborne; 2,313 ft (705 m)
Lowest Point sea level
Natural Resources none

Population (July 2014 est) 3,361
Largest Cities Port Stanley
Ethnic Groups
Falkland Islander, British, St. Helenian, Chilean, other
Languages English, Spanish
Religions Christian

Capital Stanley
Form of Government overseas territory of the United Kingdom; also claimed by Argentina
Chief of State
Queen Elizabeth II
Head of Government
Chief Executive Keith Padgett (since February 1, 2012)
Cabinet Executive Council
Legislature unicameral Legislative Assembly

Currency Falkland pound
Per Capita Income
Principal Industries f
ish and wool processing; tourism
Agricultural Products
fodder and vegetable crops; venison, sheep, dairy products; fish, squid
Export Commodities
wool, hides, meat, venison, fish, squid
Import Commodities
fuel, food and drink, building materials, clothing

National Holiday Liberation Day; June 14 (the date in 1982 when the British Navy succeeded in ousting an Argentinian invasion)
Flag blue, with the flag of the United Kingdom in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the
Falkland Island coat of arms centered on the outer half of the flag; the coat of arms contains a white ram (sheep raising was once the major economic activity) above the sailing ship Desire (whose crew discovered the islands) with a scroll at the bottom bearing the motto DESIRE THE RIGHT

flag of Falkland Islands

Queen Elizabeth II

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