Stanley (/ˈstænli/; also known as Port Stanley) is the capital of the Falkland Islands. It is located on the island of East Falkland, on a north-facing slope in one of the wettest parts of the islands. At the 2012 census, the town had a population of 2,121 The entire population of the Falkland Island was 2,841 on Census Day on 15 April 2012.
Today, Stanley is the main shopping centre on the islands and the hub of East Falkland's road network. Attractions include the Falkland Islands Museum, Government House – built in 1845 and home to the Governor of the Falkland Islands – and a golf course, as well as a whalebone arch, a totem pole, several war memorials and the shipwrecks in its harbour. The Falkland Islands Company owns several shops and a hotel. Stanley has four pubs, eleven hotels and guesthouses, three restaurants, a fish and chip shop and the main tourist office. There are three churches, including the Anglican Christ Church Cathedral, the southernmost Anglican cathedral in the world. A bomb disposal unit in the town is a legacy of the Falklands War.
The town hall serves as a post office, philatelic bureau, law court and dance hall. The police station also contains the islands' only prison, with a capacity of thirteen in the cells.
The cathedral and whalebone arch
The community centre includes a swimming pool (the only public one in the islands), a sports centre, library, and school. A grass football pitch is located by the community centre and hosts regular games.
Stanley Racecourse, located on the west side of Stanley, holds a two-day horse racing meeting every year on 26 and 27 December. The Christmas races have been held here for over one hundred years.
Stanley Golf Course has an 18 hole course and a club house. It is also located to the west of Stanley.
King Edward VII Memorial Hospital is the islands' main hospital, with doctors' practice and surgery, radiology department, dental surgery and emergency facilities.
Several bus and taxi companies operate out of Stanley.
Stanley is also home to the Falkland Islands Radio Station (FIRS), the Stanley office of the British Antarctic Survey, and the office of the weekly Penguin News newspaper.
A nursery and garden centre is also here, in whose greenhouses some of the islands' vegetables are grown.
Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, pounding waves and billowing spray sculpt the shores of the Falkland Islands with an artistic flourish. The Falklands archipelago is teeming with wonders of nature and wildlife; an unpolluted environment with fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons, vast open spaces and stunning white sand beaches.
The Falklands environment is very much a natural paradise with tiny settlements nestling in many miles of open spaces, subdued but spectacular hues, fascinating rivers of rock, seas of brilliant aqua greens and silvery blues. Wildlife is free to roam; many species have chosen the Islands as their home. Discover the special feeling when a penguin comes close, stops, takes a good look and then continues on its way; watch nature in the raw as a whale takes a penguin as prey; marvel at the delicate beauty of endemic flowers.
The Falklands archipelago consists of two main islands, East and West Falkland with smaller islands scattered around the shores, creating a traveller's paradise. Each destination has something special and unique to offer, from the smallest settlement on a remote island to Stanley, the southern-most capital in the World, characterised by colourful buildings and features of its British heritage, red telephone boxes, post boxes and public houses.
People make places; everywhere a warm welcome awaits. Falkland Islanders enrich any visit with genuine warmth making visitors feel like old friends. Discover the traditional hospitality of the "Camp" - all areas outside Stanley - and the friendliness evident in the small capital where everyone seems to know everyone else.