Life On the Falkland Islands
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Life on the Island
The Falkland Islands is a wonderful destination with over 1,300km of unspoilt coastline, refreshingly clean air, miles of stunning landscape and an abundance of wildlife penguins, whales, dolphins and so much more.
There are few safer places to live with a community based on mutual respect and self-reliance. With everyone known to each other, few feel the need to lock their house or their cars.
The Island boasts zero unemployment, with excellent health care and a highly rated education system.
The residents of the Islands are predominantly of British descent, 78% of which are under 55 with a working population of over 2000. Recruits from overseas are brought in on fixed-term contracts to deliver on jobs that locals don't have the capacity for.
The government on the Island is responsible for delivering all healthcare, primary, secondary and community-based.
The King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) is the Island's main point of delivery. It has 29 beds that cover various services, from intensive care to an isolation unit.
The Island also has brilliant community-based healthcare services, including two dental surgeries, modern outpatient facilities and a theatre with an anaesthetic room.
The Island also supports its remote community with air support provided by the government and receives regular visiting specialists such as Obstetrics, Psychiatry and Orthopaedics.
The Falklands has fantastic facilities for you to enjoy an incredibly active and full lifestyle. Stanley boasts a range of activities from an 18 hole golf course to a swimming pool and indoor tennis.
There are scouts and guides as well as amateur dramatics and darts.
The Falklands summer is from Oct to March and there are outstanding facilities for outdoor pursuits such as sailing and diving, where you can explore several wrecks. And with such stunning scenery and an abundance of wildlife, it is an inspiring location for artists and photographers.
Falkland Islands Economy
The cornerstone of the Falkland Island economy is their internationally acclaimed sustainable fisheries. Their agricultural sector is diversifying and eco-tourism is becoming increasingly important.
The GDP of the Island is around £100m which ensures they remain self-sufficient. The only subsidy from the UK government is for defence which is a fraction of their total annual spend.
The income tax rate is 21% for £15-£27k and then 26% for earnings over £27k. The income tax payable in the Falklands for salaries below £50k is more than the UK, however, there is no national insurance payable other than £18.75/week (£975/year) for the ‘state’ pension which compares to NI of £4,851 if you earn £50k in the UK.
There are two international flights a week to the UK via the RAF Airbridge. Prior to Covid, LATAM operated flights to Chile and Brazil from where international connections could be made.
The island is well served by broadband internet provided by Cable and Wireless South Atlantic Ltd giving access to a range of services including digital TV. Mobile phone coverage is vast and covers most of the Islands.
There is an on-demand air taxi that lands on 35 different airstrips around the Islands ensuring good links for everyone. The local amenities remain well-stocked with a combination of locally sourced and imported goods.