Falkland Islands
Islas Malvinas
May 6
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GEOGRAPHY

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.

Population Ann.Gr. Density
2000 2,255 +0.54% 0 per sq. km.
2010 2,364 +0.45% 0 per sq. km.
2025 2,496 +0.32% 0 per sq. km.

A further 1,000 or so British military personnel and contractors are based on the islands.

Capital Port Stanley 1,700.

PEOPLES

British 97%.

Other 3%.

Literacy 99%. Official language English.

ECONOMY

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).

POLITICS

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.

RELIGION

Freedom of religion.

Religions Population % Adherents Ann.Gr.
Christian 94.30 2,126 +0.4%
Other 3.40 77 +0.5%
non-Religious/other 2.00 45 +6.4%
Baha'i 0.30 7 +11.8%

Christians Denom. Affil.% ,000 Ann.Gr.
Protestant 4 27.94 1 -0.2%
Anglican 1 38.14 1 +0.1%
Catholic 1 26.16 1 +0.7%
Marginal 1 1.33 0 +6.7%
Unaffiliated   0.73 0 n.a.

Churches MegaBloc Cong. Members Affiliates
Ch of England in F. A 18 175 860
Catholic C 1 236 590
United Free P 5 120 530
Other denoms [4]   4 88 130
Total Christians [7]   28 619 2,110

Trans-bloc Groupings pop. % ,000 Ann.Gr.
Evangelical 22.7 1 +0.4%
Charismatic 4.4 0 -1.0%

Missionaries from Falklands
n.a.

Missionaries to Falklands
P,I,A 7 in 2 agencies from the UK.


Challenges for Prayer

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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