Aland to Froya
The Falkland Islands
The Falkland Islands are a British Crown Colony in the South Atlantic 8,000 miles from Britain.
Approximately 2,500 people inhabit the islands, with 250 being nationals of the Island of St Helena, who are employed at the Military Base. About 400 live on 85 sheep farms which are scattered island-wide, with the remainder living in the capital Port Stanley. Argentina has, since 1833, refused to accept British sovereignty and has continued to claim the islands.
In 1982 Argentine Forces invaded the Falklands and occupied the islands for 10 weeks. A British Task Force liberated the islands and on June 14th, 1982, Argentine Forces surrendered and British rule was re-established, as desired by the inhabitants.
The 2,250 inhabitants are almost exclusively of pure British descent, and the only language is English. The culture is totally British, with no Latin influence whatsoever, despite the close proximity of South America. The currency is pounds and pence and is on a par with its UK equivalent. The islands are becoming an ever-increasing tourist attraction, offering an excellent variety of wildlife, with no less than five breeding species of penguins.
Sheep farming is the main occupation, producing wool for export, chiefly to the UK. The sale of lucrative fishing licences to foreign fishing companies, primarily from Japan, Taiwan and Korea results in an estimated £25-30 million revenue annually.
This money has been used to build almost 100 new houses in the Port Stanley, a new radio station, water filtration plant and renewal of many roads, damaged during the War of 1982. An extensive road building project linking the capital to the rest of the islands is also underway.
A new £14 million community school has also been constructed, which incorporates a gymnasium, 25 metre swimming pool, a fully equipped gymnasium, and several squash and badminton courts, Rifle shooting is the Falklands national sport with football being played annually against the Royal Navy.
The geographical positioning of the Falklands means that the islands will generally be the furthest travelled team when attending Commonwealth or Island Games meetings. However, the Games Association are determined to attend as many international sporting meetings as possible, despite the long distances and high costs.
Medals in 2007 Games in Rhodes
Medals in 2005 Games in Shetland
Medals in 2003 Games in Guernsey
last updated: 24/06/2009 at 16:24