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South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands
StatusDependency (Overseas Territory)
SovereigntyUK
Capital
Land Area
LocationAntartica
Population
GNI
ISO3166-1 CodesGS, SGS, 2391
Internet Domain.gs2
Currency3
Telephone+4

1. Overview

The islands, which have large bird and seal populations, lie approximately 1,000 km east of the Falkland Islands and have been under British administration since 1908 - except for a brief period in 1982 when Argentina occupied them. Grytviken, on South Georgia, was a 19th and early 20th century whaling station. Famed explorer Ernest SHACKLETON stopped there in 1914 en route to his ill-fated attempt to cross Antarctica on foot. He returned some 20 months later with a few companions in a small boat and arranged a successful rescue for the rest of his crew, stranded off the Antarctic Peninsula. He died in 1922 on a subsequent expedition and is buried in Grytviken. Today, the station houses scientists from the British Antarctic Survey. Recognizing the importance of preserving the marine stocks in adjacent waters, the UK, in 1993, extended the exclusive fishing zone from 12 nm to 200 nm around each island.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)5

As a territory of the UK I do not have many specific statistics for this territory in its own right.

There isn't much information in the database for South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands, most likely because it is either a part of another country (i.e., a territory or posession) and therefore most international statistics are counted for the country as a whole, or, this is such an exotic place that little data exists about it.