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Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Geography 2018

SOURCE: 2018 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Geography 2018
SOURCE: 2018 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on February 28, 2018

Location:
Southern South America, islands in the South Atlantic Ocean, about 500 km east of southern Argentina

Geographic coordinates:
51 45 S, 59 00 W

Map references:
South America

Area:
total: 12,173 sq km
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land: 12,173 sq km
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water: 0 sq km
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note: includes the two main islands of East and West Falkland and about 200 small islands
country comparison to the world: 164

Area - comparative:
slightly smaller than Connecticut

Land boundaries:
0 km

Coastline:
1,288 km
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Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 12 nm
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continental shelf: 200 nm
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exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
[see also: Maritime claims - exclusive fishing zone country ranks ]

Climate:
cold marine; strong westerly winds, cloudy, humid; rain occurs on more than half of days in year; average annual rainfall is 60 cm in Stanley; occasional snow all year, except in January and February, but typically does not accumulate

Terrain:
rocky, hilly, mountainous with some boggy, undulating plains

Elevation:
mean elevation: NA
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elevation extremes: lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m highest point: Mount Usborne 705 m

Natural resources:
fish, squid, wildlife, calcified seaweed, sphagnum moss

Land use:
agricultural land: 92.4% arable land 0%; permanent crops 0%; permanent pasture 92.4%
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forest: 0%
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other: 7.6% (2011 est.)
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Irrigated land:
NA
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Population - distribution:
a very small population, with most residents living in and around Stanley

Natural hazards:
strong winds persist throughout the year

Environment - current issues:
overfishing by unlicensed vessels is a problem; reindeer - introduced to the islands in 2001 from South Georgia - are part of a farming effort to produce specialty meat and diversify the islands' economy; this is the only commercial reindeer herd in the world unaffected by the 1986 Chornobyl disaster

Geography - note:
deeply indented coast provides good natural harbors; short growing season

NOTE: 1) The information regarding Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) on this page is re-published from the 2018 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Geography 2018 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) Geography 2018 should be addressed to the CIA.
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