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Falklands holding a national census on Sunday; population in 2012 was 2.840

Saturday, October 8th 2016 - 10:06 UTC
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The Falkland Islands will be holding its national census on Sunday. The previous census in 2012, revealed that the Falklands population was 2.840, of which 75% lived in Stanley and 57% identified themselves as Falkland Islanders. Censuses happen every 5 years and participation in the Census is required by law. Read full article


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  • Briton

    census in 2012, revealed that the Falklands population was 2.840,

    ,I reckon it will be slightly over 3,000
    any takers.

    Oct 08th, 2016 - 11:41 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Skip

    I predict the population will still not be Argentinian.

    Oct 08th, 2016 - 11:46 am - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Briton

    Ha ha.

    Oct 08th, 2016 - 12:01 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Jo Bloggs

    1 Briton

    I'd be surprised if it has reached 3,000. If and when oil starts being produced then you'll see bigger growth. I don't think there are formal figures but I would guess a very significant percentage of 3,000 Falkland Islands live abroad and some of them wouldn't take much enticing back. Also if and when oil starts being produced we'll import a fair bit more of our workforce.

    Argentina has decided to stop breaking the law by allowing us to have more than one commercial flight per week and that will encourage more growth also.

    Oct 08th, 2016 - 07:03 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Briton

    4 Jo Bloggs
    good point,

    but if the population goes up, for the oil,
    you guys could be swamped.

    Oct 08th, 2016 - 07:09 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • ChrisR

    It doesn't really matter what the number is.

    The Falklands will never be Argentine and THAT'S what counts, not the count!


    Oct 08th, 2016 - 07:38 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
  • Jo Bloggs

    5 Briton

    I don't think so; we've got loads of space and we'll be able to properly service the new suburbs/ town. One example of this sort of expansion is about to happen and it is being funded by the private sector. An entire estate is about to be developed.


    Exactly. Speaking of the count, I'd better go online and complete it.

    Oct 08th, 2016 - 08:05 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Skip


    “but if the population goes up, for the oil, you guys could be swamped.”

    Australia is currently 28.2% born overseas. This is estimated to rise further another 5% potentially. Another ~20% are first generation. That's pretty much half our country.

    Eventually they all become Australians. There is no one colour or religion that makes you Australian.

    While Falkland Islands have a much smaller population, as British people they have the ability to absorb others into their society.

    Once further industry takes off, FIG should look at (in my opinion) slowly increasing the ability of short term residents to convert to citizenship. Of course this would be all undertaken with the irredentist threat from Argentina. 50 to 100 per years over 10-20 years would give Falklands one of the fastest growing populations in the world and would swamp the indigenous culture and ways but add to them.

    Many of the skills (and hence potential immigrants) needed in the oil industry will come from outside the Latin American region and hence Argentina's fanciful claims will hold no appeal. Though considering the number of Chileans in Falklands, it would seem that only Argentinians really support their delusions.

    I think as technologies disrupts the way we live, that living in more isolated communities becomes much more viable and appealing to some people. There is nothing stopping the Falkland Islands growing their population to the size of Gibraltar's over the next century.

    The tyranny of distance (which once defined Australia's development) is becoming less and less every year.

    Indeed as every country in South America is predicted to shrink their population by 2100, it might only be the Falklands that grows theirs.

    However that is all my opinion. The decisions will be made in Stanley and not in London or Buenos Aires.

    Oct 08th, 2016 - 08:07 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Jo Bloggs


    I agree with you and so do many of us here. A population of 30,000 would be no trouble for us to absorb; our land mass is equal to that of half of Wales.

    Oct 08th, 2016 - 08:17 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Skip


    National development always takes a long time. As a student of urban design and planning the idea of population growth has always been of interest to me. Who knows I might end up working there one day myself.

    I'm pretty sure that during my lifetime I will live to see a markedly higher Falkland Islands population. Indeed, the larger it becomes the harder it is for Argentina to argue that there are no people in the sovereignty equation.

    Oct 08th, 2016 - 09:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    I THINK they forgot Little Me...!
    Population in Malvinas 2012 was NOT 2.840...!
    Population in Malvinas 2012 was 2.841...!

    ...Me quick guesstimate for October 9. 2016 is still...: 2,768 head

    Oct 08th, 2016 - 10:57 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Skip

    And still not Argentinean hey Think!


    Oct 08th, 2016 - 11:06 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • Jo Bloggs


    The count could be 1,768 and we still wouldn't be anything but British. I doubt there'll be much of an increase this census if any. It doesn't feel like there's been an increase.

    Poor old Think. Getting cool up in Scotland now is it? Where you live. How's everybody at the Dover RBL? Or are you pretending to be in Argentina at the moment? Poor old Think.

    This is Think
    Think Thinks people Think he's in Argentina
    But Think doesn't realise people Think he's just a silly old fool
    Think doesn't really Think people Think he's in Argentina
    Don't be like Think

    Oct 09th, 2016 - 12:56 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Skip


    To think it takes just 1,768 people to hold 43 million Argentineans from some delusional historical fantasy.

    Oct 09th, 2016 - 02:30 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Briton

    Still, it seems Mr Think disagrees ,

    but as you guys have correctly stated,
    what happens to the future population of the Falklands is no business of Argentina.

    You never know, Mr Think may well be persuaded to emigrate to the islands.

    Oct 09th, 2016 - 07:39 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Hepatia

    England will return the Malvinas within 25 years.

    Oct 14th, 2016 - 12:12 am - Link - Report abuse -2

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