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South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

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Dec 15, 2021

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands are two groups of sub-Antarctic islands in the Southern Ocean east of the southern tip of South America, north of Antarctica. The islands are an overseas territory of the United Kingdom that are administered from the Falkland Islands, but are also claimed by Argentina.

Capital King Edward Point
Currency pound sterling (GBP)
Country code +500
Time zone UTC−02:00
Emergencies 999
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. . . South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands . . .

  South Georgia Island
The only inhabited island.
  The South Sandwich Islands
Nine uninhabited islands.
  South Orkney Islands
A very cold, uninhabited island south of the South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.
  Shag Rocks
Shag rocks consists of bare rocks that rise high above the oceans west of South Georgia and are home to vast numbers of seabirds.
  Black Rock
  Clerke Rocks

While whalers and seal hunters built settlements on these islands, the only permanent settlements today are at the various research bases. A “city” in these islands may consist of no more than five people during the winter months.

  • King Edward Point – Seat of Government where the Government Officer resides. Is the port of entry and home of the Fishery Research base run for the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) by the British Antarctic Survey.
  • Grytviken – One of several former whaling stations on South Georgia.
  • Bird Island – An island located at the north-west tip of South Georgia on which long-term research by the British Antarctic Survey is ongoing.

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