- Location: Archipelago in South Atlantic Ocean, 250 nautical mi from South American mainland.
- Capital: Stanley
- Language: English
- Population: 3,140
- Total Area: 12,173 sq km
- Currency: Falkland Islands Pound (FKP)
- Most Popular Drink: Tea and coffee
- Curious Alcohol Fact: Traditionally, “smoko” takes place daily in which people take a midday tea or coffee break.
The Falkland Islands consist of East Falkland, West Falkland, and 776 lesser islands. They are a self-governing overseas territory of Britain. Scattered sounds, fjords, and natural harbors add to the natural beauty of the islands. Falkland Sound separates the main islands. The United Kingdom and Argentina have an ongoing dispute over which country is responsible for the Falkland Islands. They were named for Anthony Cary, 5th Viscount Falkland in 1690. The landscape of the islands has lush bushes, grasses, ferns, and pastures, but not really any trees.
The Culture and Environment
The islands have a subarctic and temperate maritime climate in addition to having impressive mountain ranges some of which are up to 2,300 feet. There is also a large population of birds. As for the economic activities, there is fishing, tourism and sheep farming. Sheep farming is particularly important as the Falkland Islands is known for exporting some of the finest wool on earth. There is also some degree of oil exploration but that comes with its own controversy.
Food on the Falkland Islands
Although the Falkland Islands are not that very populated when it comes to people, one thing that you can be very sure of getting is a delightful meal. Many of the dishes on the islands have a British orientation. From grilled mutton to roast beef, fish and chips alongside stimulating beverages, you will surely have a nice time on these islands. For those who are also into Spanish delicacies, there is also the Casuala and the Milanesa for you. In the capital city of Stanley, there are also numerous eateries to proceed on a culinary voyage of your life.
Drinking on the Falkland Islands
One very interesting with drinking on the islands is the fact that there are no taxes on alcohol and that ensures that you can get your chilled beers at very affordable rates. There are also numerous pubs and bars where visitors can enjoy the various selections, either from the gushing taps or straight from the bottle, it all depends on the way you want it.
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