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Falklands Gaming Information

By Reno Rollins

There is no gambling in the Falkland Islands. It is unclear whether or not gambling is illegal, although the small population of the island certainly cannot support such an industry. While tourists do visit the island, the tourism season lasts about six months out of the year.

Facts About the Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands are located in the South Atlantic Ocean, 300 miles from the coast of Argentina. The two main islands are known as East Falkland and West Falkland, and there are a total of 776 smaller islands. Stanley, located on East Falkland, is the capital city.

The Falkland Islands have a combined area of 4,700 square miles, making it roughly the size of Northern Ireland or Connecticut. The population is around 3,000, with the locals referring to themselves as “Islanders.”

The Falklands are an Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom, but the nation of Argentina still maintains a claim. In fact, Argentina invaded the islands in 1982, touching off the two-month-long Falklands War between the United Kingdom and Argentina. This ended with the withdrawal of Argentine forces.

Other islands in the Falklands include:

- Barren Island
- Beaver Island
- Bleaker Island
- Carcass Island
- George Island
- Keppel Island
- Lively Island
- New Island
- Pebble Island
- Saunders Island
- Sealion Island
- Speedwell Island
- Staats Island
- Weddell Island
- West Point Island

Most tourism in the Falklands takes place between October and March, with many visitors coming to see the rural lifestyle and natural wildlife.

Residents of the Falklands are full British citizens, and they are also eligible for Argentine citizenship, although most locals reject their claim to sovereignty.

The main source of income used to be sheep farming, but fishing has since replaced it. Tourism is also an increasingly lucrative business in the Falklands.

The Falkland Pound is the official currency, and the islands also issue their own stamps and coins.

Due to the 1982 conflict, around 25,000 land mines remain on the island. Mines have been fenced off, but there are some concerns that tides may have moved some devices. Maps of the minefields are available for free, and no civilian has been injured by a mine since the end of the conflict (over 25 years ago).

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