Falkland islanders to decide whether to remain British

Last updated at 10:24
British flag waving in Falklands

People living in the Falkland Islands are going to vote today on whether to remain a British Overseas Territory.

The small group of islands in the South Atlantic have been under British rule since 1833.

But Argentina, who call the islands the Malvinas, believe the Falklands belong to them and were inherited as part of the Spanish Empire.

War broke out between the two countries in 1982 after Argentina invaded the Islands.

Ongoing tension between the two countries about who owns the land has led to the vote where the islanders will decide on their own future.

1,672 people living on the Falklands are allowed to vote out of the islands' total population of about 2,900.

Those who cannot vote include those aged under 18 and people who are not from there.

The tiny community is expected to overwhelmingly back remaining British, but even that is unlikely to resolve the argument.

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has said the people's wishes are not relevant.