Falkland Islands Overview

Falkland Islands Overview

Southern America



Port Stanley.


As a country located in South America according to naturegnosis, the Falkland Islands are 650 km from the southeast coast of South America. The archipelago consists of two main islands and around 200 small islets. The two large islands are mountainous in the north and flat in the south. Mount Usborne is the highest point (712 m).


British overseas territory since 1837. 1985 Constitution, last amended in 1998. Parliament: Legislative Council with 10 members. The area is claimed as the Islas Malvinas of Argentina.

Head of state

The British monarch is represented by the Governor Colin Roberts (since April 2014).


240 V, 50 Hz.

Time zone

Falkland Islands Summer Time: CET -4




1 Falkland Islands pound = 100 pence. Currency abbreviation: FI £, FKP (ISO code). British banknotes and coins are legal tender. Banknotes are available in denominations of 50, 20, 10 and 5 FI £; Coins in denominations of 2 and 1 FI £ and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 pence.

Credit cards

Visa and MasterCard are generally accepted, American Express and Diners Club only partially. Details from the issuer of the credit card in question.

There are no ATMs.

Bank opening times

Mon-Fri 8.30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Foreign exchange regulations

There are no restrictions on the import and export of local and foreign currency. Obligation to declare when entering from a non-EU country and when leaving a non-EU country with an equivalent value of € 10,000 or more (all means of payment).

Currency Exchange

Banks and exchange offices are available in Stanley, where the most popular foreign currencies can be exchanged.
Outside the Falkland Islands, the Falkland Pounds are difficult to convert into other currencies.



The official language is English.




The following articles can be imported into the Falkland Islands duty-free:
200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco (people aged 16+);
1 l alcoholic beverages over 22% or 2 l up to 22% and 2 l sparkling wine or wine and 10 l beer (people 18+).

Import regulations

Import permits are required for weapons, ammunition, meat, dairy products, poultry products and plants.

Prohibited imports

Drugs, pornographic products and all kinds of counterfeits.


Business etiquette

Appointments should be made in advance, punctuality is expected. Knowledge of English is essential.

Business hours:
Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-5 p.m.


Falkland Islands Development Corporation (FIDC)
PO Box 580, Stanley
Tel: 2 72 11.

Business contacts

Falkland Islands Development Corporation (FIDC)
PO Box 580, Stanley
Tel: 2 72 11.



Dial-up remote service. Cable & Wireless (Internet: www.cwfi.co.fk) arranges telephone connections from the islands via satellite. There are card phones in Stanley. Telephone cards are available in the Cable & Wireless offices, which are open Mon-Fri from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.


There is currently no cellular network in the Falkland Islands.


There is an internet café in Stanley. The main internet providers are U-Net and Cable & Wireless plc.

Post Office

Airmail to Europe takes around 4-7 days.


Since the use of shortwave frequencies changes several times over the course of a year, it is advisable to contact Deutsche Welle customer service directly (Tel: (+49) (0228) 429 32 08. Internet: www.dw-world.de) to request.



The goods on offer are quite expensive as almost everything has to be imported. However, smaller luxury items are often inexpensive. The postage stamps from the Falkland Islands are of collector’s value and can be obtained from the Philatelic Bureau. The Home Industries Cooperative sells beautiful woolen items. Photographers should bring enough films with them. Shop opening times: Mon-Sun 8 am-12pm and 1 pm-5pm; some shops are open until 8 p.m.



Stanley has pubs, cafes and restaurants. The various clubs and associations are also open to visitors.





Social rules of conduct

The way of life on the Falkland Islands is reminiscent of small, secluded English or Scottish villages. Tourism has increased and islanders enjoy the added facilities that the presence of British troops has brought. Tip: 10% is appropriate if the invoice does not include service charges. Taxi drivers expect tips.


Best travel time

Temperate climate with mild winters and cool summers. Antarctic currents affect the water temperature.


Area code +500 Area (sqkm) 12173 Population 2931 Population density (per sqkm) 0 Population in 2014 Member of the EU No main emergency number 999

Falkland Islands Overview