Area 12,173 sq.km. 200 islands in three groups: Falkland, South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands in the South Atlantic. The latter island groups have no permanent population and have been a separate UK dependency since 1985. The Falklands are 600 km east of Patagonia in Argentina.
A further 1,000 or so British military personnel and contractors are based on the islands.
Capital Port Stanley 1,700.
Literacy 99%. Official language English.
A forgotten, sheep-ranching colony until the 1982 war. Development, construction, exploitation of fisheries, and tourism have brought sudden wealth to the islanders. Income/person $29,400 (103% of USA).
Self-governing British Overseas Territory. Argentinian claims on the islands as the Islas Malvinas led to the 1982 War of the South Atlantic. A gradual unfreezing of relationships between British and Argentinians has produced some economic agreements but without tackling the core issue of sovereignty.
Freedom of religion.
Missionaries from Falklands
1 The traumatic Argentinian invasion, and Argentina's subsequent defeat by British forces in 1982, decisively affected the economic, political and spiritual life of the once-complacent Falkland Islanders, or 'Kelpies'. Pray for a wise and fair settlement of the long-standing sovereignty issue that hampers the diplomatic and economic life of the whole region.
2 There are only three significant Protestant denominations among the Islanders (Anglican, Tabernacle United Free Church and Baptist) with a few actively witnessing Christians. Pray for believers in their witness to fellow-islanders and to the oilmen and fishermen of many nationalities who work in the seas around the islands.
3 The British forces based on these bleak, windswept Islands face a lonely, thankless task. Pray for believers in the forces as they witness to their comrades and for the work of Mission to Military Garrisons to bear fruit.
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